What’s My Creative Process? This. And It Works.

Here are the ten steps I follow for creative work, from idea generation to final product.

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Image: A pair of hands covered in paint. Amauri Mejía at Unsplash.

Phase the First: Ideas

Step 1: GET BORED.

Step 2: MACBETH HATH MURDERED JUDGMENT.

Phase the Second: Not-Terrible Ideas

Step 3: JOT IT DOWN.

Step 4: A LITTLE JUDGMENT IS OKAY.

Phase the Third: Making Art

Step 5: RESEARCH.

Step 6: OUTLINING/SKETCHING/NOODLING AROUND.

Step 7: REFINEMENT.

Step 8. TENTATIVE PRESENTATION.

Step 9: ABANDONMENT.

Step 10: REBOOT.

As seen in The Atlantic that one time. Freelance writer, sci-fi author, pageantry arts nerd. Tweets @danialexis. See also http://danialexis.net

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