Creativity often happens to me over time. Whenever I have something creative to do, with my students or in my writing, it helps me to schedule enough time over several days or months (for writing) to be able to have times in which I can address my ideas — not just in one sitting.
There have been studies about how the brain will work on ideas “behind the scenes” and I’ve benefitted from that. I’ll start a project several days or weeks before it’s due and give myself time to return to it several times with new ideas simmering inside of me.
It also gives me peace of mind when I have something creative I need to do (ex. PowerPoint presentation for sharing my books with a new audience). My brain has a chance to mull over the ideas from different perspectives by “brainstorming” … and also to incorporate new ideas based on “life” interactions which may enrich and add resonance to the original ideas I had. JNC