CREATIVE CIRCUMPLEX: A Map of the Creative Process
|The Four Quadrants||The Four Poles|
|Entry Ecstasy Agony Industry||Inner & Outer, Connection & Separation|
THE EIGHT ACTIVITIES:
Wander / Explore
The random walk. Moodling. Searching -- for a problem, a focus, and idea. Sitting in
cafes, browsing in the library, the museum. Preparing the ground. Chatting with people,
looking over past work. Waiting. Receptivity.
Connect / Envision
Inspiration, falling in love. Finding the problem. Seeing the first connections from which the work will evolve. Sense of certainty, elation, excitement.
Engage / Flow
Being in love with, obsessed by, absorbed by the work. Total concentration and focus.
Timelessness and flow. You see the work whole and work inside it.
Struggle / Endure
Blockage, conflict, separation. You want to go one way, and the work wants to go another.
Frustration. Hard, painful work that goes nowhere. Self-doubt.
Transform / Shift
Shift of perspective. Solution to the problems that blocked progress. Recreation of the work in a
new image. Understanding, acceptance of the work's needs.
Revise / Adapt
Industrious work to manifest the vision. Application of craft, technique, perseverence, discipline.
Adaptation of the work and the idea to one another.
Test / Reflect
Trial runs, dress rehearsals, the review process. Preliminary engagement with consumer,
Launch / Release
The performance, the publication, the opening of the art show, the unveiling of the new product,
building. The chef's creation is served. Marketing and sales.
© Copyright 1998, Holly Arrow