A late blooming writer finds out about the science of creativity from John Cleese.

I admit it. I’m a John Cleese fan. I’ve been hooked on his silly antics from somewhere in the early 70’s. I remember late nights of watching Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Then hooked on Fawlty Towers, and somewhere in there was The Life of Brian, and his best ever, in my mind – A Fish Called Wanda.

So what has John Cleese, this highly educated man who delights in playing the buffoon, got to tell us about the science of creativity. Well, a lot actually. If you will go to your browser, click on John Cleese Creativity you will get about 5 or more links to YouTube.

John Cleese has come up with this delightful speech to explain just how creativity works. For many of us, myself included, who lock ourselves in a room, haunt our local coffee shop or library and wait for something to strike us – well John Cleese has outlined just how it works.

Now, there is a warning as you watch the videos, this is John Cleese, he is known to make light of about everything on this earth, but he does say some amazing things.

His first is, Creativity is not a talent, it’s a way of operating. I gave a great sigh of relief at this one. Thank god I thought, there is a chance for me.

He said, and I paraphrase heavily, that creative people put themselves in a mood, by giving themselves space, and they devote a certain amount of time to the process.

Now, here was his major statement, at least it was to me, he said the creative person delved into a childlike mood to be able to play with ideas. Sound good. I thought it sounded fantastic!

I realized when I watched his videos that this is exactly where I go to when I write my books. I find that when I spend time, real-time that is uninterrupted, I’m able to delve into a realm of my mind that solves problems with characters and story lines. It’s just what happens. And John Cleese explains that in his videos as well.

The main part that I obtained from the videos, is how science saw the ability of the mind to play. Do you remember all the wonderful things you came up with as child? Then realized, by the age of 10 or 12 that the games of imagination were gone. No one wanted to play them anymore.

Now, John Cleese has opened the flood gates. Its science calling, not someone’s opinion on the field of play. You can lock yourself in that room, let your mind wander, and play with ideas until something formulates. Tell your significant other you’re being creative. Okay, even if your making funny noises in there – no one will mind.

I wish you all good writing, numerous downloads, and great reviews.

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Lyle Nicholson is the author of four novels, two novellas and a short story, as well as several articles published in Canadian Magazines and Newspapers. His path to his writing was first as a terrible actor in a Johnny Cash movie, called Gospel Road. He played Andrew the Apostle and apologizes to all who see him in the movie.
He was also a disobedient monk for several years and left the monastery to work at several jobs he’d was highly unsuccessful at until he started his own sales agency, where he finally had success. This was to the delight of his wife and his mother.
He retired in 2011 and took up writing full time. He now lives with his lovely wife in Kelowna, where he writes, cooks and indulges in fine wines.