I’m sure you’ve all heard the term writer’s block… well, I sometimes feel like I have “Blogger’s Block”.
Maybe I could coin that term? Ah, I just googled it and it’s already been thought of. Not surprising, since it’s been said there’s really nothing original out there, just new and improved versions of older ideas. The likelihood is if you think you’ve come up with a new idea, it’s likely someone else already has too.
I just stumbled across this sonnet by Shakespeare that I thought captured the sentiment well. If you’d like, feel free to read the entire work here: Sonnet 59
This is the part I wanted to share:
If there be nothing new, but that which is
Hath been before, how are our brains beguiled,
Which, labouring for invention, bear amiss
The second burden of a former child.
Since it’s 2013, I thought I’d also share the paraphrased version (from the same source above):
If there is nothing new under the sun, but that which
Has been before, how are our brains cheated,
Which, toiling to create something new, mistakenly
Brings forth something that already exists
Sometimes when you are trying to come up with an idea to write about, it’s hard not to wonder if/when someone else has already covered the topic. I suppose if every person creating something new thought this way, we would never have any new books, movies, tv shows, buildings, cars, recipes, works of art or the like.
There are no new ideas. There are only new ways of making them felt.
~ Audre Lorde
I think the secret is to just put your own personal spin on an idea and toss it out there! Maybe it will seem unique and interesting to someone, even if just one other person than yourself!
If all else fails, go for a walk and get some fresh air (OR spend way too much time creating some fun graphics for your blog post). It’s amazing what a new perspective can do to clear the cobwebs…
Do you encounter lulls in your creativity? What do you do to get through them?