With nothing left untried
There’s no hurry anymore
When all is said and done…
ABBA, When All Is Said and Done
“Here’s the thing: That guy over there already wrote the post you were thinking about. Someone applied for that job, registered that domain, reached out to that influencer, entered that contest, landed that client, invented that product, wrote that book.”
From a creative writer and blogger’s perspective, I can completely relate to her words. It’s an issue of self-doubt that I argue with myself every time I put up a new post; it’s a question that haunted me for weeks before launching the new website (and has admittedly left traces of it even now). And it’s the nagging thought in the back of my mind whenever I’m working on a new story. There’s that stubborn reminder that this blog post has already been written, this website has already been created.
And that book you want to write? Too late. It’s already been done.
In literature, some scholars have argued that Shakespeare came up with every plot contrivance imaginable and that there has been nothing original since. That’s a pretty bleak thought.
But is it true?
Perhaps on some level this argument has merit. Perhaps there truly are no original ideas in the world. But then again, there are still thousands of books being published and millions of blogs being created, and that has to count for something.
So the new question arises: If it has all been written already, what else is there to say? What value can you possibly add?
Websites for the purpose of a creative writing resource have been done before, dotting the http landscape and numbering in the millions. These blog posts about career and personal development have all been written and discussed and posted, and the stories that I write have already been told countless times over.
But not by me. And not by you.
And maybe that’s what matters.
I write and create because those are the passions that drive me. I want to be able to inspire other creative writers, so I set up a website where I can do just that. I’m still figuring out my twenty-something life, full of personal growth and career development — that’s why I write on this blog. And all the writing that I’ve been doing are stories I want to tell, clear visions in my mind, characters whispering their tales in my ear. I can’t ignore them. Nor do I ever want to.
Everything has already been done, yes, but everything is original, too. By putting yourself into that blog post or book, by adding your own thoughts, opinions, and experiences, you’re adding value. It’s not a race; it’s not a competition. Just because millions of other people are doing the same exact thing, it doesn’t mean you should stop.
Because what you’re doing matters. And doing what you love is what matters most.