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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Defining Creativity | Tom Redfern, Inspired Magazine

This article is the first in a series that Redfern is planning to publish. And he's getting off to a thoughtful start. Early in the article, he writes:
At its most fundamental level, creativity can be thought of as a process by which we bring something new into being. Nothing more, nothing less.
But after more discussion, he concludes this way:
Stripping everything away, I believe creativity is a mental and emotional process by which we discover new ideas and concepts. No one, however, creates in a vacuum. The creative process relies on associations of existing ideas and concepts. These associations are then combined by conscious insight as well as that most intangible of ideas, the unconscious thought process.
I highlighted a line I think is important for creating anything: making associations (or connections) that range from the almost obvious to the startling, from the simple to the complex and convoluted--and coming up with some new.

I'm looking forward to his future articles.

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