3 Elements of Creative Thinking

Often the best things in life cannot be forced into existence. It is not easy to think creatively. Sometimes the creation flows, bringing us endless smiles. Other times we are hanging on a thin rope over the edge of a black chasm, groping helplessly for that sliver of light that will bring our creativity back.

3 Elements of Creative Thinking

Creative thinking is composed of three key elements:

  1. Absorption
  2. Reflection
  3. Inspiration

We start by absorbing books, music, movies, conversations with friends, and activities with family. Thinking of ourselves as a large pool, absorption is the process of filling up with so many ideas or concepts that our creative reservoir reaches maximum potential.

With all the new ideas, considerations, and dilemmas flowing through our mind we are ready to sit back and reflect. Meditation frees the mind to examine how best to use our creativity. Process it before we move forward on a particular creative path, whether that be writing a blog post, drafting a novel, painting a picture. The possibilities of creativity are endless.

Inspiration at last kicks in. Our brain is overflowing with ideas. Some good and some not, yet we can move forward. The reservoir is full and ready to take pen to paper, plan to the drawing board, hands to the loom.

Question: What have you done to break into creative thinking?


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Most obvious thing about me is how much I love reading and writing. This is truly my passion and has been for almost as long as I can remember. I know that sounds cliche, but it is true. Growing up in a conservative Christian home I learned to value God, intelligence, and life. I am always learning. I am a husband and a father of three young children. I love my family and my life. God is good and I attribute my success to His provision.

Great fantasy stories are a lot of fun. I write the stories that I want to read and am fortunate enough to have several published novels under my belt as well as more in the pipeline.

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3 thoughts on “3 Elements of Creative Thinking

  1. I have drawn my own creatures and written down inspired story snippets, but it is difficult to come up with names for said creatures without them sounding too long and complex. Some names have occurred that seem to work, but other times they just sound like jibberish. :-/
    Thanks for the tip, Mr. Appleton. I appreciate it.

  2. I usually just start writing. Whether I’m writing about a specific character and his experiences or about a culture as a whole, I find that it helps me get my ideas down so that I can organize and go through them later. It’s also a great way for me to come up with some new stuff.

    Anywho, I’m really looking forward to some more tips!