“There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible.”— Mark Twain
Think about it. In all of time — all the books ever written, all the articles ever drafted, each cleverly crafted tweet — it’s all been said before.
We retell stories. The hero’s journey is somewhere in a book on your shelf, if not your entire library. Writers write about writing constantly. Self-care is a buzzword and it all contains the same basic stuff.
So why do we write at all?
If everything has been done before, what’s the point? Someone’s already written a post about morning routines. That person over there wrote a novel about a character with superpowers… three years before you decided you wanted to do the same. Mindfulness has existed for ages, and we still see it being talked about. This exact post exists somewhere else on the internet or in a book.
Are we just destined to be unoriginal, regurgitating the same lesson, tip, or story over and over again?
Even if we continue to talk about the same ideas, the same material, our story matters.
Let me repeat that for you, doubtful writer.
Our story matters.
Though there may not be such a thing as an original idea, there will always be an original voice. That voice belongs to you. It belongs to me. It belongs to the person next to you.
“No one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.”— Charles de Lint
We are each comprised of a unique set of experiences in our life. No one has ever had your precise experiences, not even a twin. Our brain framework is absolutely ours, and no one else’s, which means our way of telling a story is absolutely ours.
We each see the world differently. Our mashup of different viewpoints, events, thoughts, feelings, and more, are all within us and unique to us. It means we are the only ones capable of telling that story.
So when we sit down to write another article about writing tips, we are going to tell it differently. That novel you’re writing which may or may not be loosely (or completely) based on The Magicians? It’s yours, because you’re telling it in a new way.
Tell the story the way you want it to be told. Gather ideas from every other existing idea in the universe and make it into something. It may not be an original idea, but it’s an original viewpoint.
Your story still matters. You are the only one capable of telling it in the exact way you can. You are an original voice.
We are not unoriginal, we are unique, and our stories are living proof.
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