Found a lovely gem of a video at Brain Pickings the other day that I had to share. I’m currently in the midst of a down-cycle in my writing. No, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot of writing to do, quite the contrary. It means I’m NOT writing. Unfortunately, I have several pieces due (including this blog post). In this great snippet John Cleese, actor, comedian, writer and film producer talks about things that encourage creativity.
To be creative, one has to be open. There are 5 things that help you achieve this state and therefore be more creative.
Space – “You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”
Time – “It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”
Time – “Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision. Giving yourself the opportunity to not just take the first (and potentially easiest) answer but to continue and then discover a more creative one.
Confidence – “Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”
Humor – “The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else,” and what good is solemnity?