Creativity is decision-making

Creativity is the process of making a huge number of seemingly trivial decisions, all of which add up to something non-trivial in nature.

A painting for example starts as a blank canvas, then decisions are made about:

  • The color palette
  • The background color(s)
  • The subjects of the painting and where to put them
  • The brushstrokes to use to get the proper texture effects
  • The blending techniques
  • When to stop

All in all, if someone is making a painting from scratch, they are making thousands of small decisions, each one itself likely having a minor impact, but all taken together, they are responsible for the significance of the entire project.

I’ve written about decision-making before, it’s a critical concept for anyone to understand in their life. You can read some of them here: