I often talk about how I struggle with getting creative–painting, crafting, etc. I love to do the work, but I seem to drag my heels about getting started. I want to make a habit of doing art daily and I have been doing quite a bit of research into creativity and how being creative in a busy world happens.
The article below is the best one I have found that explains the actual flow of creativity. This author lists the seven categories of creative work and explains each one and it’s place in the flow of being creative. His list is based on the four stages of control developed by a German scientist in 1891 and still being referenced today. I know that the article is long, but please read to the end. It has really good information for you about how you can get your “creative” on.
Once he has explained the different categories and where they fit in the flow, he lists three stages you can use to make your creativity go wild. Always a good thing for anyone interested in art, but not a bad thing for anyone period.
Anyway, I wanted to share this bit of information with you. I hope you find something in this article to boost your own creativity.
Art is hard. Creative insights are hard to predict, and just when it gets difficult, your mind immediately jumps to a distraction: something easier to do, an excuse, a scapegoat.
To get the most out of your creative energy, carve out space for creative work. To make that space, you need to make space for the other types of work, too. The key to this is understanding how creative insights happen.
The four “stages of control” that build creative insights
In 1891, German scientist Hermann von Helmholtz—whose accomplishments included inventing the ophthalmoscope—was honored with a party for his 70th birthday. He got up to make a speech, and shared how he achieved his creative insights:
Often … [ideas] arrived suddenly, without any effort on my part, like an inspiration.… They never came to a fatigued brain and never at the writing desk. It was always necessary, first of all, that I should have turned my problem over on all sides to such an extent that I had all its angles and complexities “in my head.” … Then … there must come an hour of complete physical freshness and quiet well-being, before the good ideas arrived. Often they were there in the morning when I first awoke.… But they liked especially to make their appearance while I was taking an easy walk over wooded hills in sunny weather.
35 years later, social psychologist Graham Wallas cited Helmholtz’s speech,