The unconscious mind plays an important role in the creative process. If we can increase our awareness of conditions that encourage unconscious processes we can foster them and potentially increase our creative ability.
Creativity researchers say that there are two distinct modes of thinking that are used during the creative process. It is believed that recognising these, what they are useful for and the ability to switch easily between them will help in the creative process.
This is a rather long reading list. It contains works from the fields of psychology, business, neuroscience, self-help, education and the arts. Where articles are available I have included links. Some of the books I borrowed from nearby council libraries. In these cases I have included the call numbers.