Percolate

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a. Percolating is the action of filtering gradually through a collection or substance.

b. Percolating is the essential second step in the creative process.

Creative work requires three legitimate steps:

  1. Taking in information — observation — idea-gathering.
  2. Giving our brains time to filter, sort, analyze, connect what we’ve taken in.
  3. Creating, building, from what we’ve gained
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Creating, copying, and being creative

To create means to make something new.

You don’t create out of thin air.

You start with raw material, which exists along some spectrum of “rawness.”

Maybe it’s a lump of clay, a bunch of words in your head, a few notes of music, or a pile of lumber. Maybe it’s a photo, a folk song, a quote, an antique chair, a pile of flour and butter, or… Continue reading

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