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The Four Steps of the Creative Process

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Michael Perry of Sparta, NJ, serves as the head of marketing at ClubsGalore, an online retail store specializing in gift subscriptions for a variety of luxury products. As a marketing professional, Michael Perry is experienced in producing creative material that draws the attention of consumers.

The creative process involves four distinct stages that, when executed successfully, can help you apply creativity to a variety of pursuits. Embarking on a writing project, work of art, musical score, or a business problem can be a difficult endeavor, but research has shown that the most productive approach to success features four distinct steps.

1. Preparation.
During this step, you identify the problem and begin your research. Even though the process of brainstorming, establishing goals, and organizing thoughts can be mundane or tedious, it is essential to a successful outcome.

2. Incubation.
During the incubation phase, you process and formulate ideas and make connections. It is extremely important to minimize distractions while tackling the incubation step.

3. Illumination.
After spending a sufficient amount of time on preparation and incubation, you may experience an “epiphany” moment and find an initial solution to the creative problem.

4. Implementation.
When you start transforming your idea into a final product, implementation has begun.