Matt Ridley on How Innovation Works
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When you get to the reblogged site, follow one of the links (YouTube or the podcast), and learn about another way to think about creativity.
I think this is important for writers – especially Indie Authors – because of the frequency with which they can be afflicted by “imposter syndrome.”
Almost nothing has never been done before.
While it’s important to strictly avoid plagiarizing anyone else’s work, nobody has a copyright on ideas. This means that it’s not trite to write in a particular genre, or even just to tell a new story that entails the concepts “Boy Meets Girl,” “The Little Tailor,” or “Gains the World but Loses Own Soul.”
You’re not an “imposter” because you didn’t invent a completely new genre. By telling your own story idea, the one that sprouted between your own ears, you’re innovating: doing something that improves the genre in which you’re writing, because it involves an aspect of that kind of story that hasn’t been told before.
So don’t let anybody (even your inner editor) tell you that you’re an imposter. Write what the Muse is bugging you about. Write according to the concept or genre you’ve chosen (or which has chosen you!). Write using the best grammar and punctuation you can command. Write by using the whole descriptive lexicon of your language – including adverbs!
Just write! Polish it up. And then publish!