January is International Creativity Month!

ccreativity - The ability or power to create. Productivity with originality and expressive qualities; imagination; newness. This typically requires getting comfortable with not knowing what you're doing.

Among other activities, both remembering and forgetting are crucial to the creative process, as are also acts of destruction.

Creativity is the act of grasping and nurturing inspiration.

Brainstorming is a process for stimulating the generation of ideas.

The most prominent enemies or inhibitors of creativity are commonly known as "blocks to creativity."


The stages of the creative process:

  1. Finding or formulating a problem. George Kneller (American psychologist) called this stage "first insight."
  2. Researching and drawing from life experiences (memory), networking, etc. This stage is variously called "discovery" and "saturation."
  3. Mulling over the problem in a sort of chaos of ideas and knowledge, letting go of certainties (forgetting). Jacob Getzel (American psychologist) called this stage "incubation" — engaging the intuitive, non-sequential, or global thinking at the core of creativity.
  4. One or more ideas surface. This is also called "immersion" and "illumination."
  5. The idea is tested as a potential solution to the problem. Getzel called this "verification." This final stage often involves revision — conscious structuring and editing of created material.


P. Torrance described a framework for creative thinking processes in his 1979 book The Search for Satori and Creativity. Torrance said the important aspects of creativity are fluency, flexibility, and elaboration. He presents ways to facilitate these by using key words and application activities. [See Torrance Framework for Creative Thinking.]

Fluency refers to the production of a great number of ideas or alternate solutions to a problem. Fluency implies understanding, not just remembering information that is learned. Flexibility refers to the production of ideas that show a variety of possibilities or realms of thought. It involves the ability to see things from different points of view, to use many different approaches or strategies. Elaboration is the process of enhancing ideas by providing more detail. Additional detail and clarity improves interest in, and understanding of, the topic.

Motivation is a necessary component in a creative person's attitude — what in psychology is called the affective domain, where we experience feelings, emotions. As vital as motivation is in conditioning one's movement toward success, it is not the only attitude needed in order to achieve. A motivated person can simultaneously doubt that he/she is able to accomplish a task successfully. Whether a person's self-doubt is reasonably founded or not, it can be a self-fulfilling prophecy; anticipation of failure easily breeds failure. When confidence-building is needed, here is how to do it: start with easy tasks, and proceed to gradually more and more challenging ones. Studies have proven that every person can learn at any age, no matter what their experience or lack of experience has been.





Also see achievement, artist, art therapy, avant-garde, Brahma, choose, effort, expression, genius, heterodox, iconogenetics, inspiration, memory, mind, motivation, muse and muses, music, new media, originality, posterity, praise, Prometheus, quotations, Shiva, and talent.






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