The Creative Process

“The creative process entails five steps: (1) preparation—an individual becomes immersed, consciously or not, in a set of problematic issues that arouse his or her interest and curiosity; (2) incubation—the individual processes information, often below the threshold of consciousness; (3) insight—new ideas and insights emerge; (4) evaluation—the person decides whether a new idea is valuable and worth pursuing; and (5) elaboration—the individual practically pursues the new idea by transforming, developing, and refining it (Csikszentmihalyi, 1997).”

(Mainemelis, 2010, p. 560)

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