Fodder and Incubation.
If we imagine that creative ideas come from muses, then we would think that creative sparks appear out of thin air. If creativity is about making new connections, then we need to have something to start with.
We need both depth and breadth for this creativity fodder. When we merely scratch the surface, we might not have enough to work with. When we keep within only known methods and domains, we lack the chance for novelty.
It is also often the experience that creative connection comes after a period of incubation. Having gathered the raw materials, we then let our brains do the work and the a-ha moment might seem to come out of nowhere.
IMHO is a series of short pieces consolidating some of my thoughts at the moment. This is part of a series about creativity sparked off by my work on the TIM-BUG-tool. Please do reach out to me to find out more about my creativity workshop.