Interviewer: What do you do when you experience a creative block?
Miyazaki: I go off and take a nap.
Interviewer: Do all your staff do this?
Miyazaki: Some do. Most of them have a way of getting a fresh perspective on a problem. One boy lies in a chair and puts on a huge eye-mask. Another one goes and lies down.
Interviewer: I often find my best ideas come to me flying on a plane.
They all have one thing in common in dealing with a block to the artistic process. Find a quiet place, block out intruding information. When Miyazaki recommends a nap, we can feel far less guilty about snatching 40 winks. Or a hundred, even.