John Cleese on creativity.
Zie ook Incubation (psychology)
1. Sleep On It
While writing Fawlty Towers Cleese discovered that when he went to bed with an unsolved script problem on his mind, he invariably would wake up with the solution. Not only that, he often could not remember what was the problem. For this reason, he recommends sleeping on your problems.
2. Don’t Stop Now
After losing a just-written script, Cleese was forced to rewrite it from memory. Later he found the original and compared it with the rewrite and judged the rewrite as remarkably better. He attributes the improvement to his unconscious mind continuing to work even after he had decided the work was finished.
3. Avoid Interruptions
The greatest danger to creative success, Cleese says, is interruption. He has found that when someone or something interrupts his creative work, it is very difficult to pick up the creative flow when he resumes. The more complex the work, the more difficult the resumption. He recommends working where you can create an oasis, a place where you can get into the creative mood that works for you and work uninterrupted. A place he calls your tortoise enclosure.
Why bad leaders discourage creativity
Finally, the master of comedy offers what he calls a profound insight. Namely that to know how good you are at something requires the same skills required to be good at it in the first place. This insight