In Austin Kleon's book Steal Like an Artist, I was reminded of a something that creative folks tend to forget.
Creative ideas are never completely original.
Creativity is a synthesis of previously existing ideas translated and transformed into something new. All ideas and things are part of an interdependent cycle. I've found that the more I strive to be original or say something entirely new, the more I find myself cut off from inspiration.
I copy until I get better. It can't help but be new or fresh because it's being filtered through my own experiences and perceptions.
Every iteration is a step closer to a more authentic voice.
Practical Wisdom for the Creative Journey
Joel Ripka is a Brooklyn-based actor with 20 years and over 30 professional stage credits from off-Broadway to regional theaters that span the country. He is a blog author and writes about a life lived creatively and in close connection with our deepest expressions of consciousness. He's committed to joy, teaching, sharing, and uniting. He inspires people to do cool things and live intentionally. He is a musician (guitar, piano) singer and also a skilled teacher and writer.