Daily Writing #6: How do you create something original?

Originality is a myth. No single thing is ever original. Everything that we make is influenced by something. What we create is often shaped by our past experiences. Our brain assimilates all the information, connects the dots, and creates something new. But the important thing to note is, it’s not original.

For Example, This post is not original. I read an article from the newsletter The Marginalian by Maria Popova and that inspired me to write this post.

Here’s what Nick Cave says about Originality:

Worry less about what you make — that will mostly look after itself, and is to some extent beyond your control, and perhaps even none of your business — and devote yourself to nourishing this animating spirit. Bring all your enthusiasm to bear on the development of that good and essential force. This is done by a commitment to the creative act itself. Each time you tend to that ingenious spark it grows stronger and sets afire the ordinary gifts of the imagination. The more dedication you show to the process, the better the work, and the greater your gift to the world. Apply yourself fully to the task, let go of the outcome, and your true voice will appear. You’ll see. It can be no other way.

You can find more about him on his website Red Hand Files, where he answers questions from his audience daily.

I believe what’s said above that we should focus more on the process instead of worrying too much about the end result.

If we do that we automatically free ourselves of any undue pressure and set our minds free.

Then in that freedom, our brain makes the connections from our past experiences with our new knowledge and creates a product unique to our thoughts, personality, and vision.

A product that is not original but unique.

I write daily here on my blog. There is no limit to the word count. I am not focusing on any topic here. I want to build a daily writing habit. This is Day 6 of the Daily Writing Challenge in 2022.