"We don’t generate creativity by sheer force. We experience it by stepping back. The reason you feel creative when you start a new job, is because the problem set is new – and so the job behaves like a side project in those first few months. The same is true of stepping into someone else’s writing – you perceive the writer’s grind from a distance, allowing your insight to flow freely and easily – sometimes producing an “of course!” reaction (in the writer) typical of someone who was trying, with all their will, to uncover that same insight."

Creativity, “The Grind” and Why We Need Side Projects | Rocketr