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What is the most important part of the creative process?

37,381 deviants said Brainstorming: coming up with the brilliant idea
12,129 deviants said Outlining: sketching out the bare bones to save you editing later
34,353 deviants said Diving In: canít finish if you never start
6,228 deviants said Editing: the draft is out of your system, but now it's time for the polish
15,564 deviants said Finishing: the satisfaction of a finished product youíve poured yourself into
17,419 deviants said Sharing: getting feedback from others, gaining praise, and learning lessons

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MetallicGirl Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Writer
I said the brainstorming part is the most important because if you don't do that, then you can't do any of the other stuff.
fredScalliet Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014   Photographer
The most important is the inspiration process, when I'm not actually working at it.
Trystl Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I find that when I outline a story it is much easier to write it. Also, I come up with so many ideas that a quick outline allows me to remember the story for later, when I have time to revisit it.
Vigorousjammer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
As a perfectionist, I picked "Editing"

"Brainstorming" would be my second place pick, because getting the idea is absolutely important.
"Diving in" and "Finishing" are both equally important as well, but with those two all you have is a piece that might be good, but usually not incredible. That's why I say editing it until it becomes incredible is probably the most important.
"Outlining" isn't always necessary. It can be useful, but it's not MOST important, so that wouldn't be my vote.

Also, I'd argue that "Sharing" isn't actually part of the creative process, but just something you might do after you're finished with the creative process. Somebody can be incredibly creative and not share any of their artwork at all.
Azael17 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I say it's a loose tie between outlining and sharing.

It's important to have good structure to any piece of work; without it the idea can fall apart and become impossible to understand (which is admittedly the point of some pieces). But at the same time, sharing, for me, is very important. The feedback, suggestions, the notion that what you've created is being enjoyed or discussed by other people. It can change them and how they look at the world and everything in it. Even negative responses are useful. They can help you improve on technique and drive you to better your craft.

All the other steps listed are very important as well, but I put these two at the top.
Hellstroem Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
This is impossible, as every step is equally important - from conception to finished product.
Neko-Kiona Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GAH! I feel conflicted about this. I want to show my picture and such to make others happy, but /I/ have the most fun working on them... *Sigh* To me the making my viewer happy is what I want. ... But I also just want to draw.... As far as actual importance goes I can't decided on that either. I can't show off something I haven't worked on, but I also don't want to show off every doodle... Maybe 'finishing' is my best option....?
GAH!!! So hard! Why so hard...?!!
glazios Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
I'm not the type for prolonged planning, or brainstorming. I often find myself beginning with something simple; a single idea, a conversation between two characters, anything, and the story grows from there, shaping itself as it plays out. 'Past' sets itself in-stone; 'Today' is ever in-flux with the whims of the characters; 'Tomorrow' is a pipe-dream. Fingers dance on keys, the story writes itself, and in the morning, I wake up wondering where in the nine hells it all came from.
7Demented Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Feedback can help you improve, but only the creator themselves can determine if the artwork is good.
selftaughtartist1 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
driving in is what i have trouble with. i may have a brilliant idea in my head but i don't think it will come out good so i don't bother starting. sigh
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