Even though people have been creative for most of our existence, yet most creatives don’t have an idea of how the creative process actually works. Pretty ironic for someone who works so much inside the mind. Take this into regards to everyone who calls themselves creative. I think it’s neat and would like the field to grow as well, but with some better accuracy. So how does the creative process work?
You get rid of the outline. Your creativity should not have a structure, but rather an intended result. The whole point of taking the creative route is to bring something new and exciting to the table. So now you’re in open space with no structure and boundary. Like you’re lost in open space. “That’s great”, says the sarcastic person. “That’s great”, says the person who just awakens their imagination.
Why do you think you get rid of the outline? Creativity calls for a demolition of a structure so the result can take form. Think of it like molding outer space into what you want and each little planet is like a mark in the picture. You have to use boundless space to create contained space. The water becomes the cups. Water is one of the most boundless matter there is. The moment it has entered the space of the cup, it becomes contained.
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You see when you get rid of the outline you break any structure that you had your mind on. This doesn’t mean you ready to create. It just means that you are making headway. You have less on your mind, what do you think that means? Less is better. What’s the best? A clear mind.
Where do the hands of the imagination work from? If we knew, then we wouldn’t want to create. In a sense, creativity is all about not knowing until the end. The more you have to know during the creative process, the less exciting the end result is. Well at least for the creator.
I consider it a complete novelty for whom the creation is intended for. It’s a new experience because you never thought of it before. It’s completely understandable why an artist holds on to their work. They want the best experiences for themselves. With all the artists out there, it makes you wonder what kind of experiences you are missing out of. Get a blank piece of paper out, you got some catching up to do.
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I like the idea of letting creativity grow in an open space, define its own boundaries, and cut loose from arbitrary limitations. But what about the sonnet? The haiku? Forms bound by tight structure in which the truly creative artist can bloom. With syllables counted, meter controlled, rhyme scheme pre-set, artists must stretch themselves to craft ideas within these ancient molds. Some of our most inspirational literature was created by great talents who used structure, mastered those structures, and excelled them. In prose, there are time tested ways to create story arc, move the plot, engage the reader, and arrive at the end to a changed world. Could it be that the infinite creative space you describe resides somewhere INSIDE the outline? Could an outline act as a creative force in and of itself for the artist who has the skill to manipulate it?
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