John Cleese on 5 Things to Make Yourself More Creative

This advice applies to all sorts of professionals, not just screenwriters. It applies to all people, for that matter. Take a look at the whole talk below, but if you don’t have time, here are the main takeaways (pulled out by BrainPickings.)

  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,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.)

  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.”)

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  1. This is a very cool summary. Especially the space and confidence bits. The one that made me think the most, the last point on humour. Never thought of it like that. Pretty interesting angle.

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