Post Reply The Point of Originality
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So, they say "everything has been done already". They tell you not to worry about being original. Good artists know how to borrow from inspiration, etc.

This is all true, but at the same time, I think there are things that haven't been done. But here's the issue - you shouldn't try to be different for the sake of being different, just like you shouldn't try to be the same just for the sake of being the same. The quality of a thing has very little to do with how similar or different it is compared to other things around it. Name any trope you consider cliche, and you can also probably name the one or two works you think did it "right", as opposed to all the other things that just used the same old trick.

So... where do new ideas come from, then?

So, let's go back to thinking about shows that you watch, and books that you read. Most people have certain themes that they're drawn to in fiction, they read similar things a lot. Have you ever had a type of story that you read, that you see quite a lot of? And everything you see in that subgenre or subniche has something missing - it does a certain thing, or goes a certain way, and you just wish it would go a different way, just once? Or, do you feel like there's some question or element of the story that could be explored, but you never see stories that do it?

Do that. That thing that you think is missing, that apparently, no one else notices.

Because they do notice, they just don't realize they notice. Every time you've watched a show and thought to yourself, "Yes, this is the thing that was missing from this genre all along, and I didn't even notice!" those shows all come from writers doing that.

There's a quote I like - "If the book you want to read doesn't exist, write it yourself".
Think of the book/show/movie/etc. you've always wanted to see, but could never find; think of what makes it different from the things you have seen, and write that.

The only issue is that it requires at least some degree of analytical thinking, to realize you aren't 100% satisfied with the things you're reading and watching, and then figure out why, but if you want to write, it shouldn't be hard.

(For me, it's.... long-haired pretty boys. ^_^; They used to have them so much in the '90's, but everything else about '90's anime is just so... not what I'm looking for. And meanwhile, I have been hurt twice this year, by beautiful silver-haired anime characters (mr. A and mr. V, you know who you are) who cut their beautiful hair all off before they became major characters. It's almost enough to make me go back and try season 2 of Kaleido Star again, because Leon doesn't cut his hair.)

. . . . . anyone else remember Kaleido Star?
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LavenderMintRose wrote:

So, they say "everything has been done already". They tell you not to worry about being original. Good artists know how to borrow from inspiration, etc.

This is all true, but at the same time, I think there are things that haven't been done. But here's the issue - you shouldn't try to be different for the sake of being different, just like you shouldn't try to be the same just for the sake of being the same. The quality of a thing has very little to do with how similar or different it is compared to other things around it. Name any trope you consider cliche, and you can also probably name the one or two works you think did it "right", as opposed to all the other things that just used the same old trick.

So... where do new ideas come from, then?

So, let's go back to thinking about shows that you watch, and books that you read. Most people have certain themes that they're drawn to in fiction, they read similar things a lot. Have you ever had a type of story that you read, that you see quite a lot of? And everything you see in that subgenre or subniche has something missing - it does a certain thing, or goes a certain way, and you just wish it would go a different way, just once? Or, do you feel like there's some question or element of the story that could be explored, but you never see stories that do it?

Do that. That thing that you think is missing, that apparently, no one else notices.

Because they do notice, they just don't realize they notice. Every time you've watched a show and thought to yourself, "Yes, this is the thing that was missing from this genre all along, and I didn't even notice!" those shows all come from writers doing that.

There's a quote I like - "If the book you want to read doesn't exist, write it yourself".
Think of the book/show/movie/etc. you've always wanted to see, but could never find; think of what makes it different from the things you have seen, and write that.

The only issue is that it requires at least some degree of analytical thinking, to realize you aren't 100% satisfied with the things you're reading and watching, and then figure out why, but if you want to write, it shouldn't be hard.

(For me, it's.... long-haired pretty boys. ^_^; They used to have them so much in the '90's, but everything else about '90's anime is just so... not what I'm looking for. And meanwhile, I have been hurt twice this year, by beautiful silver-haired anime characters (mr. A and mr. V, you know who you are) who cut their beautiful hair all off before they became major characters. It's almost enough to make me go back and try season 2 of Kaleido Star again, because Leon doesn't cut his hair.)

. . . . . anyone else remember Kaleido Star?


i got inspired by my own dream when i was sleeping
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^^^ This.

To be completely honest, right now I am inspired by something that has been layed out for us in terms of direction, the seven deadly sins, mainly for improving my artistic skills for drawing and creating a concept for a character . However, my main story I have been working on for almost 3 years came from a dream I had.

The dream was about 3 people on a wagon, 1 man and 2 women, 1 woman walks up towards a giant tree and tries to climb it, she breaks a branch, the tree comes to life and chases her back to the others. This one scene opened up a new wave of other ideas that started flooding in. In all honesty my main story I'm working on is 100% original, and whatever I write has no conflict. I don't question it, I don't worry about it, I smile and laugh when I am writing it. There isn't a lot of concentration involved in it when I write, because this is my own world, these are my own ideas, I'm not pulling any information from anything, I sit, I write, and I learn on my own what makes a great story.

I haven't been working on it for a bit, because I feel my artistic skills for drawing need to improve drastically, because in all honesty I want to fully bring my story to life. I guess you can say that all my ideas for my story came to me from simply sitting outside, talking with people, bringing up the past, talking about other things, watching the seasons pass me by, looking at how the farmers tend to their crops. I just have this way of being creative from showing my respect to others and the land around me, interaction with wildlife and animals.

I'm a simple man, but my mind is full of originality. The only thing I need to do is show that to people
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