Charles E Stove
October 3, 2011
Describe each stage of the creative process using Ch. 5 of your text.
In Chapter 5 of the text it was stated that being creative is more than having certain traits. It means behaving creatively, addressing the challenges we encounter with imagination and originality. There are four stages to the creative process which are as follow: (1) Searching for Challenges (2) Expressing the Problem or Issue (3) Investigating the Problem or Issue and (4) Producing Ideas.
First Stage: Searching for challenges. This stage represents the habit of searching for challenges. Some challenges may be obvious while other challenges you may have to look for them. The essence of creativity is meeting challenges in an imaginative, original, and effective way.
Second stage: Expressing the Problem or Issue. The objective in this stage is to find the best expression of the problem or issue. Often, after expressing the problem or issue in a number of ways you will be unable to decide which expression is best and when this happens just postpone deciding until your work in later stages of the process helps you to decide.
Third Stage: Investigating the Problem or Issue. This will mean merely searching past experiences and observation to help bring it upfront to deal with the current problems and also to include interviews with experts or professional personal related to the issue or problems encountered. Conducting your own investigation is also quite helpful in this stage.
Fourth Stage: Producing Ideas. You will have to decide in this stage what to believe through your different ideas and what to do about it. Common obstacles in this stage are the tendency to limit your ideas to common, familiar, habitual responses and to block out uncommon, unfamiliar ones. The longer you continue producing ideas, the greater are your chances of producing worthwhile ideas. When you have produced a generous number of ideas, decide which seems to be to be the best. Sometimes a single idea will be best but other times two or more ideas will be better.