How to Be Creative in 5 Steps with John Cleese

March 12, 2014 by No Comments

How to Be Creative in 5 Steps with John CleeseHere on West Lothian Writers’ we love taking advice from professional writers as they know one or two things about writing. Today’s we have a talk from one of the world’s funniest writers John Cleese. In the 40 minute presentation below, Cleese talks about how to be creative and the five steps he uses to enter the creative open mode. That and more is below the cut.

John Cleese’s 5 Steps to Getting Into The Creative Open Mode

In amongst a collection of light bulb jokes, Cleese talks about how we are made up of two modes, Open and Closed which are defined below:

The Open Mode is where we are open to new ideas and willing to play with concepts so we see things from different angles

The Closed Mode is where we are focused, blinked and uninterested in new ideas

You won’t be surprised to hear that we spend most of our days in the Closed Mode. To move into the Open Mode Cleese suggests you need the following five requirements to do so:

  1. Space
  2. Time
  3. Time
  4. Confidence
  5. Humour

First thing you’ll notice is that Time is listed twice which isn’t an accident. To find out the reasons why Cleese’s recommends these five steps either watch the video below or check out Jamie Lee Wallace’s article on Cleese’s presentation over on Live to Write – Write to Live Website.

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