Last week we concluded that the creative process starts when you ask questions. These questions lead to the next step in the creative process: building blocks.
This step requires us to venture outside our comfort zone. We have to take our bland, flat, comfortable reality and add a dash of curiosity. This starts breaking reality down into manageable building blocks to examine, analyze, and understand.
For example: take something that you know very well, like your bedroom. Break it down to the major concepts and structures that make up the general consistency of your room. Bed, desk, chair, shelf, closet, overhead light, door, carpet, wall, window, etc. Now that the familiar reality of your bedroom is broken down into simple building blocks you have a better understanding of the basics and can now use these to create a new story. Just think of the possibilities a bed can hold when creating a new story! It can be a boat, a car, a mountain, a river, an entire landscape, or anything you imagine it to be if you put your mind in this “building block mode.”
In a much broader sense these building blocks are the principles, elements, and formulas that we as humans wrap our minds around to create more. Believe it or not we learn in school by following this process. Teachers take a subject that is a section of reality and break it down into manageable bite size pieces that students can be tested on. It is not just flat reality, we analyze the subject and learn about it. Everyone does this throughout their life in every area whether consciously or not. I’m telling you that two of the three parts of creativity are things that everyone already does! We've all been “two-thirds creative” for most of our lives.
Now that we have conquered the idea of creative building blocks we’ll move on to step three. This is where the lights come on, literally!