Interesting Wall Street Journal article
on what it takes to be creative.
|What explains the creative benefits of relaxation and booze? The answer involves the surprising advantage of not paying attention. Although we live in an age that worships focus—we are always forcing ourselves to concentrate, chugging caffeine—this approach can inhibit the imagination. We might be focused, but we're probably focused on the wrong answer.|
And this is why relaxation helps: It isn't until we're soothed in the shower or distracted by the stand-up comic that we're able to turn the spotlight of attention inward, eavesdropping on all those random associations unfolding in the far reaches of the brain's right hemisphere. When we need an insight, those associations are often the source of the answer.
Found that interesting because my best ideas come when I'm pooped and laying in bed. Or after really long couple days of work and driving home too tired to think about work and life, then the solution comes to a problem in my story.
Wow that is really interesting! :D
I've also found that some of the best new ideas in legal scholarship come from people writing slightly outside their fields, rather than the "experts" on the topic. Definitely fits with this. :waytogo:
Huh. Thanks for the link, I enjoyed reading that.
Now I know what to do the next time I experience creative block.
BTW, I think Steve Jobs was right about "connecting ideas."