Often times we get ourselves in such a pickle trying to be original. How many times have you gone to write or type a sentence but stopped yourself because it is ‘not original enough’. Now I am not for one second advocating a story or poem composed of worn out, tired old clichés. What I am saying is that being original is not as hard as we would like to make out. For example you and I have different life experiences, perspectives and ways of seeing. Therefore for me to write or put together a work that is different from yours, I simply have to be me. My own bias, prejudice and stereotypes will be woven into my work without me knowing because I am doing what I can do best, thinking as me.
I love that literature and the arts do not require us to be someone else in order for our works to be considered great. Instead I believe as writers and artist we should simply strive to tell our stories well. We should be aiming to get our readers and spectators to magically step inside our minds for a couple of minutes and see what we saw. It is my aim as a writer to impact my readers’ view of the world. I do not expect them to finish my story or poem and be a carbon copy of me. No. Instead I want them to be challenged to think differently, question what they thought was the norm and do what is so rarely done in this day and age; to think and feel.
That is my original.
“Originality is not seen in single words or even sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man’s thinking or his writing.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer
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