Originality is the aspect of created or invented works as being new or novel, and thus can be distinguished from reproductions, clones, forgeries, or derivative works. I stole that from Wikipedia to provide a proper definition of the word.
Originality is something you just can’t fake. You can attempt to steal it from others or copy it to some extent but doing so only proves one point. When you steal the work of another and pass it off as your own, eventually you will be discovered as a fraud. Stealing the work of others says to the world that you have so little faith in your own abilities and creations that you felt the need to take someone else’s.
For those who truly do dislike their own thoughts and imagination because they are different – get a clue. Being an original means your ideas are different than others. No two people will think exactly alike nor will they process information in exactly the same way. Our minds produce ideas and thoughts which are the result of our life experiences. We are all unique it’s just that some of us turn those original thoughts into works of art.
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How we do that, how we put our ideas on paper and create masterpieces of literature is also unique to each of us. We all write in different styles, all convey our views in slightly different ways. You can of course steal the words of another, you can copy their style and mimic their views but you cannot really steal originality. At best you will only be a pale comparison to the person you stole from, nothing more than their shadow.
So to all of the shady people out there, step out of the shadows and into the light. Use your own imagination and perfect your own method. There is no wrong way to be original other than being a copy. Stop impersonating others and place a little trust in yourself. Put your own ideas out there and create your own world of characters.
Whatever it is that occupies your thoughts, that thing you can’t get out of your head – take hold of it. That’s it! That is your passion. That is where your work will begin, where your characters will originate. It isn’t that hard to discover your own creativity. It’s there within all of us you just have to stop hiding it behind the works of others. Find your passion, find your voice and create your own works. Before you know it, your originality will be stolen by others.
- Then you’ll know you’ve made it because everybody knows you’re nobody until somebody copies you.