A tale I heard
Writer and actor John Cleese on creativity:
“It is easier to say what creativity isn’t. A bit like the sculpture who, when asked how he had sculpted a very fine elephant, explained that he’d taken a big block of marble and then knocked away all the bits that didn’t look like an elephant. Now here’s the negative thing: creativity is not a talent. It is not a talent. It is a way of operating.
[Donald] Mackinnon showed that the most creative had simply acquired a facility for getting themselves into a particular mood, a way of operating which allowed their natural creativity to function. In fact, Mackinnon described this particular facility as ‘an ability to play’. Indeed, he described the most creative when in this mood as being ‘childlike’. For they were able to play with ideas, to explore them, not for any immediate practical purpose but just for enjoyment.”