When Dr. Seuss got writer’s block, he would try on a different silly hat and imagine what kind of character would be that wore that hat, before angling that perspective at his problem.
And when they’d get stuck, according to “Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel” by Judith and Neil Morgan, Geisel would open a secret door to a closet filled with hundreds of hats. Then, he and Frith would each pick a different hat, perhaps a fez, or a sombrero, or maybe an authentic Baroque Czech helmet or a plastic toy viking helmet with horns. They’d sit on the floor and stare at each other in these until the right words came to them.
I imagine it also takes away the pressure of looming judgment or criticism when you strip off the ego and are able to be silly for a little while. Read the rest here.