I've presented the eight steps in a row, as if they happen one after the other. This is a helpful way to understand the creative process, especially when you're just starting to realize your inner creative potential. But to truly master your creative ability, you need one final skill: the ability to bring together all eight steps to move you forward on the zig zag path.
Zig zag masters take all eight steps, every day, in whatever order works for them. Because the creative life weaves the steps together so tightly, it's hard for an observer to pick them apart. But look at the arrows in the figure that follows: