You Are Not Original

And that’s ok. Now take that pressure off of your manuscript.

If you ask any creative what the fear is that stops them from being creative, it’s usually along the lines of

What if I’m not that good?

And in my experience that translates to

What if I never carve out my own lane in some original way that let’s me live on in the memories of others?

Or in better words

What if I’m not original enough?

And I hate to break it to you but, no one is.

I think Baudrilliard said it best in summary.

Everything is a simulation.

Everything must come from something. I promise you all of your favorites if you listen hard enough will show you where they got their ideas from and who influenced them. They simply integrated those influences into their work in an unusual way and people happened to like it.

But that only came after multiple fusions that didn’t work.

The point is however, is any good master knows there is no such thing as an original. Because the master is not interested in originality, only in the process of creation. And you can’t create without scraps to work from.

And I can hear you now…

But Jael if everyone did that there wouldn’t be any originality. Everything would be boring and lifeless sameness.

And to that I say, is Nature boring and lifeless?

Nature doesn’t do originals. It does adaptations in different environments because nature is only interested in one thing : survival.

If you want to learn how to survive in any market then you need to be following the oldest survivor in the book and start adapting some shit.

So take the pressure off yourself to be the innovator or the next big thing. Just get the creation part down and then chill and enjoy your creations. That’ll get you more of what your looking for than trying to be original.

Now go on and get to work.

:looks back to the band:

Y’all play me out

:music starts:

Work, work, work, work, work, work
He said me haffi
Work, work, work, work, work, work
He see me do mi
Dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt, dirt
So me put in
Work, work, work, work, work, work
When you ah gon'
Learn, learn, learn, learn, learn?

Song Credit: Work, Rihanna feat. Drake

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