“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”
-C. S. Lewis
Do you worry about being original just like everyone else? I do –probably to a fault. But I’m trying to just let it go man. I once wrote something touching this in a post at the Rabbit Room about Tolkien’s Place in my own life. It was a really original piece. Ha. Ha.
Also, let’s remember. Anything we do is sub-creation. We don’t do original.
My current theory: Acknowledge, when remembered, the sources which have inspired and informed your art. Do what you love. Don’t plagiarize. Have a go. Smile.
photograph by Petr Kratochville