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.
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.
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.
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.