How to be Creative: An Introduction

To be creative, you start with a vision or idea. Something needs to be imagined in order for it to be created.

You may have the vision of making a tower out of wooden sticks, or a desire to film a long video about insects. Brainstorm a list of ideas of things you’d like to create, and pick one or two to start.

Next, you need a medium. A medium is a tool used to create something. For artists, that’s a pencil or paintbrush and paint. For an engineer, that may be a pencil and a scale. It is a tool that helps to bring something into reality, something you can feel and see.

An idea and tools alone won’t help you to create. If you want to make something, like an engine, you’ll need the actual materials to make it right? Materials like some metal, wood, and special screws and bolts will probably be needed.

Then, the making process happens. You’ll need to make sure that you have the skills in order to make the thing you envisioned or imagined in your head. All these things are normal, and are part of the creative process. Engage in as much research and learning as you can.

Sometimes, you’ll need to plan out some action steps in advance in order to make the project run smoothly. You might also need to draw out some designs to help you visualize your creation better. Give it some time. If you fail, you can always try again to get it right! This means you might need to revise and correct parts of what you’ve created if they come out differently from what you wanted.

If all this seems overwhelming, that’s OK! Here are the steps outlined in the order I recommend:

  1. Come up with a vision or idea (e.g., an engine)
  2. Research (e.g., Google “How to build an engine” is a good start)
  3. Find the mediums (e.g., a screwdriver, wrench, etc.)
  4. Gather all the materials (e.g., nuts and bolts, screws, metal, etc.)
  5. Plan out the action steps (e.g., “Tomorrow, I will create the frame of the engine, and the next day, I will start putting the metal parts in place.” Something like that.)
  6. Make it!
  7. Revise and correct

There are more things to consider in the creative process, but hopefully this will get you started.

In order to understand what creativity is, read this article.

This article by Science of People is great for being creative and coming up with creative ideas.

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