You Know What Really Leads To Creativity? Mistakes, Bad Planning, And Delusion Malcolm Gladwell: "Creativity always comes as a surprise to us; therefore we can never count on it and we dare not believe in it until it has happened. ... Hence, the only way in which we can bring our creative resources fully into play is by misjudging the nature of the task, by presenting it to ourselves as more routine, simple, undemanding of genuine creativity than it will turn out to be."
The New Yorker 06/24/13