Sorry, But You Are Not Original And Never Will Be
Let’s face it, your ideas are the result of other people’s creations. The good news is: You’re not alone.
In a world where everything has been written, filmed, sculpted, painted, and basically just: Done. Nothing is truly original. The truth of the matter is that, it has never been or ever will be.
Everything we know is a remix. A reinterpretation. All things ever created are a rehash of other stuff previously made — which probably were also altered by someone at some point — .
‘There is nothing new under the sun.’ (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
Creators often feel pressure to stand out from the rest, in a fresh, unique way. Writers aren’t the exception to this feeling. You’re either original or you’re just not creative enough.
As writers, every time we sit down in front of a blank page a fear comes up. A fear of not being 100% original. A tussle we face with every keystroke. A fight between our talent and the creative process.
The struggle is real. Writing is hard as hell. Coming up with new original ideas in today’s world is a challenge in itself and it might be as well the first cause of death of our profession.
But it’s not something new what makes you special and authentic, is what you bring to the table. Your distinct voice. Your interpretation. That is your contribution right there. Your legacy. Your version. Your very own take to the world to see, taste, and feel.
Once you have released it to the world. You’re allowing your audience to take your product and create something new out of it. Renewing the cycle of creativity once again.
‘There’s no such thing as originality, just authenticity’ Helene Hegemann
People make excuses for not creating because they feel that everything is already done. Which is true. But, not everything has been done by everyone and that’s the reason everybody should create. Imagination has no limits nor re-creation.
“It’s not where you take things from — it’s where you take them to.” ― Jean-Luc Godard
Originality is a myth, a non-existent matter. Creativity is a process of stealing and pulling influences from things you’ve read, seen or consumed before.
However, this process doesn’t imply that you should copy or plagiarize people’s ideas. It means you are tearing them apart by blending in your own personal experience and knowledge. As a result, giving something old a new life, a new meaning in a way nobody has done it before.
Before you start creating your own material. Ask yourself these questions:
- By whom are you most inspired, and why?
- Who are you taking influence from?
- On what creative direction do you find yourself on?
Once you have answered any of these questions, then you can start mixing and stealing stuff. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead, start re-creating things today, it’s not like you have to reinvent the wheel or something.