There’s a proverb that says that the fruit takes a long time to ripen, but it falls suddenly.
We are so busy absorbing information that we forgot to flush out our brains in order to complete the creative process. “Developing Your Creative Practice: Tips” from Brian Eno offers insight on how to develop a practice to facility a fruitful creative process.
Current neuroscience research confirms what creatives intuitively know about being innovative: that it usually happens in the shower. After focusing intently on a project or problem, the brain needs to fully disengage and relax in order for a “Eureka!” moment to arise. It’s often the mundane activities like taking a shower, driving, or taking a walk that lure great ideas to the surface. Composer Steve Reich, for instance, would ride the subway around New York when he was stuck.