Here’s the gist of what John Cleese thinks helps creativity (video long gone, so you will have to take my word for it):
- We don’t know where we get our ideas from. But probably not from our laptops.
- If you’re trying to create something late at night and get stuck, go to bed. You might have a solution by the time you wake up.
- It can be useful to lose stuff. Reconstructions from memory are often better than the original.
- Find a space where you’re not interrupted.
- Give yourself a starting time and a finishing time to play.
- People who aren’t very creative often don’t realise this, and might not recognise creativity in other people.
- Stay away from egotistical people. They want to claim credit for everyone’s ideas and be in control of everything that goes on. They will actively discourage creativity in other people.