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August 14, 2013 / austreberto

An addendum to Creativity VS The Little Hater

Since I posted that blog, which can be read here, I have been thinking about what my little hater is like today.

I did write about the type of things that I have gone through as a writer.  That it’s difficult to appear unique in a world where there is no such thing as originality.  There are only a handful of ideas, but there are a limitless number of perspectives and interpretations of these ideas, and that’s where we get into the fun stuff.  Though our doubt can be a terrible thing when it comes to our creativity.  It holds us back.

I have accepted the concept that what I do isn’t anything terribly special.  I know that there are thousands upon thousands of writers that have written exactly what I have done.  I can’t fathom how many times where I came up with a really great idea only to find out that someone else had used it in the past.

A recent one just the other day was that I was sharing an idea with another writer/friend and she told me that Anis Mojgani wrote something like that before.  I was kind of bummed because I was really proud of it, but I didn’t let that stop me from using my point of view with that idea that was written by someone else and probably hundreds of people before us.

Picture it this way:  how many people are on this planet?  …a lot.  And how many of those people are writers?  Not as many as the total population, but still…. a lot.

Let’s dive deeper: How many writers and artists have there been in the last 100 years?  Even more.  How many have there been since ancient Greek and Roman times?  A fuck ton more.

That’s why there is no such thing as an original idea.  They’ve all been used up!

I have accepted that, but my little hater found something else to bother me with.  Myself.

There have been times, especially recently, where I have been writing and I have that thought of: Wait a second… didn’t I already write something like this before?  There are even times where I feel like two poems are too similar to each other.  I’m taking the same idea and just rewriting it.  Now, I use poetry as a therapeutic thing.  I write whatever is on my mind, and naturally I will write about the same thing that is bothering me.  Or I’ll write the same kind of love poem.  And etc and etc and etc.

Something that I had to do to try and fix this was to remind myself that this is still part of my process as a writer.  Sure, the things that I have been writing may be a bit similar to how I was just the other week.  It’s how it goes, but I am a vastly different writer than what I was last year and even before that and even before that.

I think I said it in one of my last poems on this blog: always moving forward.

And that’s what I plan to do for the rest of my life; in both as a writer and as a human being.


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