I confess I think about this issue sometimes.
Will my improvisations be perceived as original? Is my organ playing original enough or am I just regurgitating what other people did? Do they look original now? Will my compositions look original in a hundred years from now?
And I guess a lot of other creators worry about that, too which often stops them from creating, as it did to me - if I didn't think that my creative method is original enough, I might not even sit down to create.
And of course these doodles - my little sketches and drawings. How on earth can a person like me hope to ever be original in drawing a line or two? Is it not a complete and utter waste of time (and paper)?
Here's the thing - I worry about being original only when I'm not creating, when I'm procrastinating.
In other words, it's our inner dragon's ultimate weapon against us to keep us from creating because I believe everybody thought about it at least once:
"Do I have anything original to say?"
It doesn't matter what we think, though. What's more important is this:
"Do I care?"
PS Here's what C.S. Lewis thought about being original. And in case you are wondering, will we ever run out of new music, here's a remarkable video about that.
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