Get Groggy… According to a study published last month, people at their least alert time of day – think of a night person early in the morning – performed far better on various creative puzzles, sometimes improving their success rate by 50%. Grogginess has creative perks.

One of “10 Quick Creativity Hacks”, from an article by Jonah Lehrer on “How To Be Creative”, in The Wall Street Journal, 10 March 2012. Lehrer is the author of a new book called “Imagination: How Creativity Works”.

Color Me Blue… A 2009 study found that subjects solved twice as many insight puzzles when surrounded by the color blue, since it leads to more relaxed and associative thinking. Red, on other hand, makes people more alert and aware, so it is a better backdrop for solving analytic problems.

One of “10 Quick Creativity Hacks”, from an article on “How To Be Creative”, in The Wall Street Journal, 10 March 2012

People ask me how I write. I say there’s a voice in your head telling you to quit – ignore that one. And there’s one saying, ‘You can do this!’ – listen to that one.

Nathan Englander (1970 – ), American writer, talking about his new book, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Ann Frank”, in The New Statesman, 5 March 2012

The ten-year rule for creativity has been found across the spectrum of human endeavour… In a study of sixty-six poets by N Wishbow of Carnegie Mellon University, more than 80 per cent needed ten years or more of sustained preparation before they started writing their most creative pieces.

Matthew Syed, British sports journalist, in his excellent recent book, “Bounce”