What is the creative process?
Every day we are in constant change and transformation because we relate to people from whom we acquire knowledge, habits, ways of behaving and even ways of being. This would not be possible if communication did not exist between these people and oneself.
The word communication comes from the Latin communicare, which means “to put in common”. Communication is defined as a process through which human beings are able to share – or put in common – meanings, feelings, information and events that happen in everyday life. All these discoveries, transformations and interrelationships are part of the genesis of the creative process… a process that, in the case of the writer, has its own characteristics and dynamics.
In fact, the creative process of a writer is not very different from that of a painter or a sculptor -to give two examples-. For all of them, discovering how this process works is a great help in the development of their own creative abilities.
Author of books and pioneer in the development of writing workshops for individuals and companies, Darlene Chrissley sees life as a creative art form. In her opinion, it is the sum of creativity and imagination that allows the writer to develop a unique way of contributing to the world. Everything is born out of imagination… and imagination is what allows, also, the construction of new possibilities for the development of what already exists.
When it is said of someone that he or she is a creative person, what is really meant is that this individual has an active imagination. Surely that person, in many moments of his daily life, lets himself be carried away by his imagination to discover where it takes him. Then it is almost certain that one will have the innate ability to translate the language of the imagination into expressions of the senses. That is the creative process, creating something physical and real from the imagination.
Steps in the creative process
For Darlene Chrissley, every creative process, if it is intended to create something new, fresh and original, must follow the following 10 steps:
Connect with the creative source.
Creativity is something that is part of human existence itself. Many times it may seem that the well is dry, that there is nothing to draw from. However, regular practice will allow us to refill that well. And how to do it? By living, feeling, experiencing what it feels like to sing, to cook, to walk in a forest, to visit an antique store.
Listening to one’s inner self
The rush, many times, prevents us from doing so. However, one’s inner voice is there and must be listened to. While doing so, or immediately after, it would be good to take notes about what one’s deepest feelings are saying.
Explore the environment with curiosity
The world around us is spectacular. We must learn to perceive it. We must look at people and places with new eyes, preparing ourselves for surprise and wonder.
Discovering and observing that which attracts
Throughout life we will discover sensations and emotions that trap and never leave us again. It is good to free oneself and let oneself be carried away by them. It is necessary to know how to interpret and capture the language with which these elements speak to us: words, but also images, sounds, aromas, flavors, sensations, ideas. It would not be bad to have a notebook in which to write all this down.
Playing with symbols and images
It is important to take time to experiment and play with one’s longings. How to play with them? By painting them, writing a poem about them, talking about them with others?
Everything around us is connected, in one way or another with each other. Playing at mixing these sensations will give a new meaning to everything.
Discover how something new emerges within the being
When one discovers the existence of new longings and images within oneself, they will immediately seek to express themselves in the form of a creative idea. It is obligatory to pay attention to how creativity gives form to all this.
Putting intention into the form of art
These new “realities” are taking artistic form. It is time to plan, to act in order to create.
Working between imagination and creation
Yes, it is true, this can lead to frustration. However, there is no reason to remain in this discouragement. That “bad start” has to serve to feed the driving energy of the creative process.
Celebrate that image and form have come together
At the beginning of the creative process, between what is imagined and what is created, there will almost always be a gap. But this gap will, little by little, close in the form of something real and original. It is good to celebrate that this is happening, that what was started is finished.