This week, I am planning to write about the creative process. Many writers about creativity describe it as a fixed linear process, but I do not see it that way. The Universe does not work that way, and I believe that creativity cannot work that way either. I believe that creativity may happen spontaneously and instantaneously with an "aha" moment, or it may result from a problem that needs a solution. Necessity is, after all, the mother of invention. Some believe that creativity comes as a result of practice or habit. Some creations are created by a series of steps such as first having a problem to solve, then generating ideas or potential solutions and considering them, and then finally selecting the best alternative. But, I believe that if there is a process, it must be an iterative process so that if the ideas or potential solutions don't seem quite right, you go back to the vision to try to clarify or refine the vision or remind yourself again of what it is, or you can go back to generate additional and better potential solutions.
The creative process may be different for every one or every organization - it may be very personal. It may be different for different kinds of creations or problems. It may be purely a spiritual process. It may result from trial and error.
Creativity involves motivation and there are some who are easily motivated and driven toward a goal. Others are more challenged to motivate themselves.
Abraham Maslow defined a hierarchy of needs that demonstrates that we are first motivated to meet basic needs before pursuing other higher needs, such as self-esteem or self-actualization needs. So, depending on what it is you want to create and where it sits in your hierarchy of needs, it will affect your motivation.
I invite you to comment on these posts and to share your own creative process.
"Creativity is not a gift from the gods, says Twyla Tharp, bestowed by some divine and mystical spark. It is the product of preparation and effort, and it's within reach of everyone who wants to achieve it. All it takes is the willingness to make creativity a habit, an integral part of your life (Tharp, T., 2003, cover flap)."
Tharp, Twyla. (2003). The Creative Habit, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY).
© Carla Weaver 2012