Nick Bantock, in The Trickster's Hat: A Mischievous Apprenticeship in Creativity
talks about our tendency to return to familiar motifs. He encourages us to break out of familiar patterns.
He says that we must let go of "self-seriousness" in our process, & remember to play.
Bantock talks about approaching a series of exercises that he presents in the book with a "Devil-may-care attitude". The Trickster, Bantock states, does not favor us when ego is driving our endeavors.
This book was recommended to me by Carol from Paris Breakfasts. Now there's a gal who knows how to incorporate play into her very focused & in-depth work, & how to tap into her "true motivations & passions."