|by Chris McGinty of AccordingToWhim.com|
I’ve always been interested in creativity, and I’ve done what I can to
research creativity over the years. Recently, I’ve had more time than I
probably want to listen to YouTube videos and podcasts while I’m at work. I’ve
started collecting as much information as I can about creativity. I’m trying to
find some super specific stuff as I go along, but it’s never a bad thing to
stop off at the super general on the way… which sounds like going to the
grocery store before a road trip. Nevermind.
creativity. This is the most general of the general. It’s what we do constantly
every day of our lives whether we’re working on a classically creative project,
or just making our way through life a decision at a time. The most common
version of this is five steps, and I’m going to do a blog post on each, but I
want to be clear that we move in and out of these stages in a nonlinear way. As
Ja Me Staylor says here.
than writing. “Huh? No, I’m not just playing Grand Theft Auto. I’m researching.”
The funny thing is that there is some truth in the joke. I don’t know how many
times I’ve thought I’ve wasted my night watching YouTube just to have an
amazing idea the next day. Sometimes it’s even an idea inspired by the time I
wasted the night before.
important. We have to be honest about what we’re doing though. If you’re
actively deciding to research, take notes. Otherwise, you’re really leaving it
up to your subconscious to remind you of something you learned later. Note taking
and writing are in another phase, but like I said, and as Ja Me Staylor said
above… what? No? This is James Taylor.
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by hanging out on Twitter. I read Ashley Nicole’s blog post about using Reddit as a research tool. It reminded me that I wanted to examine the stages of
creativity, which I’ve clearly done. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about other