Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Space and time

For most writers, space and time present the greatest challenges. For me, they're more like obstacles to hurdle, but that's another story. :)

One of my favorite creative people, John Cleese, shares his tips for fostering creativity in the videos below. If you don't have time to watch (though they're well worth the time), here are the five factors Cleese says you can work to your advantage:

1. Space - “You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”

2. Time - “It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”

3. Time - “Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original” 

4. Confidence - “Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake"

5. 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 here's a longer version:


4 comments:

DMS said...

Wonderful post! John Cleese is fabulous. I absolutely love this line: Confidence - “Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake" Brilliant! Thanks for sharing : ) ~ Jess
http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

John Cleese is awesome! So playful only comes with no pressure?
Wonder how he feels about silly walks and ex-parrots?

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Jess. I think this was one of the best discussions about creativity I've seen.

Ha, Alex - isn't that the secret to humor - surprise? According to those FB graphics, at least. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I must have lots of confidence because I make so many mistakes and I'm still going on.