Posted by: Xhyra Graf | 19 January 2007

Model 25

The Subcreations Model

It is striking when you interview creators how much they created before creating their main creative works. You see how they created certain styles of life, tools for work, schedules, associations of friends, samples of experiences that preceded and prepared the way for later “creative works”. It is natural to wonder whether these subcreations are true for all creators, essential (if you prevent them you prevent peoplebecoming creative), and are grounds for initial practicing of skills that later make the person famous as a creative being.

The subcreations model holds that subcreations are the primary path toward becoming creative (Greene, volume 1, 2001; volume 2, 2002).

All creators make inventions of lifestyle, workstyle, workplace, associations that precede their major creative works and prepare the way forthem. Research on the amount, types, and evolution of these subcreations before creation needs to be undertaken.

In the past, some people ignored subcreations–seeing them as the results of creators toying with their internal “creative” capabilities. However, interviews of creative people shows a clear development path each domain of subcreation has undergone, as more and more “invention” gets deployed to it. For example, slight oddnesses of family life arrangements grow and get suddenly amended until the creator, in mid-career, ends up with highly unusual family life arrangements, that have been in some ways optimized to make room for his or her maincreative work.



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