How to Find Your Creative Process: A Guide

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Looking at popular content on websites like Instagram and Twitter can be overwhelming.

It might leave you wondering how your fellow content creators crank out such one-of-a-kind content and designs.

Well, successful content is often the result of a well-developed creative process. But how exactly is a fruitful creative process constructed? 

We’re here to give you a crash course! Keep reading below to learn four ways to strengthen your creative process!

1. Create a Welcoming Environment

Creating anything can be difficult when you’re overwhelmed with appointments, grocery lists, and voicemails. Try to cut out as many distractions as possible when you get ready to create content.

Clearing your mind and giving yourself space to explore is an important part of the creative process. While you might want to go into a project with a clear-cut vision, giving yourself the freedom to brainstorm and expand on your ideas will help to develop your creative process.

Experiment to find which environments draw out your creativity. Some people work best with music in the background, while others like silence to focus on their thoughts. Test out working at home, a cafe, or a library to see where your creative process operates best.

2. Prepare Your Work Station

When you’re in a creative rhythm, even the smallest thing can break you out of your process. That’s why you want to be prepared for any distraction or need that might crop up.

Set up your station with a snack and water, so you won’t have to make a run to the kitchen or vending machine. Have notebooks or your computer handy in case there are any details or designs you want to jot down while you work. You don’t want to lose any ideas because your favorite pen is missing!

3. Soak Up Inspiration

Sometimes we’re hit with the perfect plan, only to lose momentum when we don’t know enough about the field to flesh out the details.

Devoting time to research is an important part of the creative design process. Even if you’re certain your idea is already perfect, looking at work done before you can highlight areas that you can further improve.

It can never hurt to study similar work by other creators, whether it’s at the beginning of your creative process, the middle, or multiple points throughout it.

4. Document Your Creative Process

When you’ve finished a project, document your personal creative process, whether it’s in a journal or a word document. Outlining the process for each project will give you a better sense of your own organic process.

By creating reports of each project’s process, you can pinpoint what factors best stimulate your creativity, from the people (or lack thereof) you work with to the atmosphere to the time of day.

Your creative process should be flexible enough to allow for idea evolution, but structured enough to ensure you deliver an end product. Recording your projects will help you outline a loose creative process guide, which you can then use in future projects.

Start Brainstorming

Every content creator has a creative process, whether they’re conscious of it or not. Learning about your own and developing it is a great way to reach your goals faster and document your work along the way.

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