When it comes to creativity it’s all about the creative thought process…
Sometimes the internet is a good place for inspiration. Nowadays… mostly not…
In fact, I’m kinda horrified at how many high ranking articles examine the creative process in a mostly sterile and analytical way.
They all say the same types of things too.
Look what I got when I typed “the creative thought process…” into the Google.
These are the titles that popped up on the first page of Google:
- Creative Thinking: 4 Stages of Creativity Thinking
- The Five Stages of the Creative Process – James Taylor
- How to Build a Startup: The Creative Thinking Process <— Very short article. Basically just labels & terms that may or may not have anything to do with the creative process. Not much here.
- What Is Creative Thinking? | The Creativity Post
- The Creative Thought Process – Google Sites **<—— The Original? This post doesn’t seem to have a date on it, but it looks like it’s been around awhile. It has no images or video and the text is crammed together in an unappealing way. The article highlights the four main “creative” points that almost all of these articles seem to have copied from each other. It also seems to be highlighting the term “metacognitive.” Uhm…. yikes.
- Lesson 5: The Four Most Powerful Types of Creative Thinking …
- The 4 Stages of Creativity | Inc.com
- Creative Thinking Definition, Skills, and Examples
- 5 Steps in the Creative Process Model | Chron.com
The steps all of these articles seem to be based on are these 4 principles:
At times all of these articles use the exact same words.
How is this helping people understand the creative thought process in general?
How is it helping people understand their own creative thought process specifically?
I was completely turned off and ticked off finding these articles.
Where are the artists?
Why aren’t more people who earn a living from their art, writing and talking about the actual creative process?
Are they too busy creating to comment on it?
I don’t know, but I had to write this one!
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An Internet Full Of “Thought Bubbles”
The internet was supposed to make us super creative.
After all, with access to infinite amounts of information we should be bursting with creative ideas… right?
Instead what’s happening is what the above example demonstrates….
Human beings are not becoming more creative online so much as they are grouping together to discuss things they already believe.
Dissenting voices not allowed. In 2020, free speech is nearly non-existent.
I heard someone call these places online where the similar of mind gather – “thought bubbles” – and I thought that was a good term.
Thought bubbles exclude thought that doesn’t already fit into the established bubble.
This is the very antithesis of creativity.
Creative people and artists are constantly seeking new things and a fresh perspective.
They don’t abandon their established norms, but they are always seeking to become better… to become more. That means staying open to things you might disagree with.
It’s obvious the above websites purporting the examination of the creative process are really in their own thought bubble.
Exposing yourself to a wide variety of opinions on a wide variety of topics helps you as a creative person.
In 2020 (and beyond) we are going to need to understand our own creative thought process more than ever. We will need to be as adaptable as possible.
When push comes to shove, it will be the only thing that separates us from the free, adventurous life we’re fighting for.
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