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Creative Thinking: Know The 4 Stages of Creativity [Infographic]

Creativity can be emphasized in young writers as a tool to organize and systematically arrange their work based on some concepts that are usual to creative thinking. Generally, the following four stages of creativity are emphasized:

4 Stages of Creativity

#1 Preparation

It means orientation to the problem. It involves purposeful study, experience, acquisition and assimilation of facts and knowledge bearing upon a particular topic. This implies a great deal of patience and perseverance on the part of individual so that he become quite familiar with all the aspects and phases of the topic. Creative thinking is oriented to a subject in which the person is interested and of which he has considerable experience as well as study.

It is not possible for a poet to have inspiration in mechanical engineering. The very fact that creation in poetry comes to a poet and a tune strikes a musician, demonstrates that inspiration does not arise suddenly in the minds of all and sundry but only in the minds of those who have devoted their time and energy to study of that particular field of human endeavor.

It’s a stage where you are filled with ideas and endless possibilities. You are exploring with heightened senses – kind of like arriving in a new city. Creative work is largely a result of diligence and industry, perspiration rather than lucky inspiration. The stress should be on hard work, close and extensive study and experience and careful appraisal of past experiences. No painter, poet or novelist has reached eminence overnight.

#2 Incubation

It is a stage when through mastery and study of the area is completed and the individual’s further effort is blocked and he has in a way to lie low, to put aside the whole thing and wait for inspiration.

In other words, to let information bubble away for a while, but keep it simmer in your mind. You need to let your subconscious mind work on it for a time. Just as nothing is added to an egg but it is only kept warm, so during the period of incubation, the new knowledge and experience are added to the existing stock but the individual patiently waits for the inspiration.

This stage cannot be forced, and there is a need for privacy, quietness, and solitude. It’s a good idea to do something else for a while, to stimulate your imagination and emotions. Try reading, listening to music, meditating, going for a walk, while your mind digests the facts.

Creative Thinking: Know The 4 Stages of Creativity
Creative Thinking: Know The 4 Stages of Creativity

#3 Illumination

It implies insight when new ideas and suggestions, inspirations flash across your mind after a long period of preparation and incubation. Bursts of inspiration or small writing projects should keep you occupied.

Be observant. The people and activities that surround you will provide with great inspiration for characters, plots, and themes. Use writing exercises to improve your skills, increases your talent, and explore different genres, styles, and techniques.

#4 Verification

Generally, the three stages mentioned above complete the process of creative thinking. But the flashing insights must be evaluated against the known facts; hence the last stage has been added.

In a way, it is a process of re-thinking so that new idea is revised and improvised or amplified and clarified. It may have to be critically examined. Thus, verification leads to further trails and error examination and insights till the brilliant idea is found workable.

Happy Creating!

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