Trying To Be Original

The more thought I put into something, the less creative and original it becomes, but if I put too little, I risk writing what I know and not being original at all. So here I shall attempt to construct a way I can put more thought into things without losing all the originality. So here is a list of ideas to do so.

I have constructed similar lists before, but I hope I can do something new here. I shall post this no matter what because it will probably be the most original thing I wrote today.

  1. When I think my ideas through, I shall not discard originality for correctness – When trying to solve problems, that shall be appropriate. Still, when originality is the goal, mistakes are guaranteed.
  2. Find ways around my mistakes – Eventually, I will have to replace what doesn’t work so I must reinterpret what was wrong. Find an explanation or a method to accomplish what I thought by it. If something doesn’t work first, I must create systems to make the parts work. This shall create complexity and redundancy, so that is what we focus on next.
  3. Unify systems, deal with redundancy – what parts can serve both purposes, what systems are redundant and why, how can I do both, can I connect them both to the same system? Thought? Concept? At any of these steps, you may discover you are no longer original, but at least you are closer to complete and whole. An original idea is fine, and all but you want to create an original entity.
  4. Focus on an inefficiency – Originality does not come at a whim. Sometimes you have to work towards it, so find something, an inefficiency or a side effect, and try to discover, harness, or manipulate its cause.
  5. Try to solve what is not a problem – how can man fly? A question of the ages, would you not say the first airplane was original? It is the original, the first of its kind, built on the study of those before, unafraid to try new things and experiment. But is humanity not being able to fly a problem? No.
  6. Experiment – Mistakes can be sources of ideas, science is discovery, and having out there hypothesis is good, but testing something for the sake of it is better. Does my flying machine work? Why does it fail?
  7. Some mistakes are unique to us – If your senses fail you, you see something wrong because of blurry vision, embrace that. Some illusions are shared by us all, but some are results of system failure. How could I make a mistake become something real?
    – (well that’s a hard question I’ll try and come up with a few potential answers.)
  8. Draw it out, and write it out – Try to recreate as information what I perceived out of error.
  9. Why did I think it worked – does it make sense? Can it work that way? If the answer is yes to either of these, you have an idea kernel.
  10. Compare the differences – how and why were you wrong? Is it something completely different, or where there small points? Try to build on the mistakes as the first three entries and see if I end up with something original or new.

I think I ended up thinking more of creativity than originality, but that’s okay, it doesn’t have to be entirely original if even 5% of it has never been seen before there is still something new in the world.

I would also like to hear what you think of the first-person perspective when writing something like this, is it helpful? distracting? something else? please leave your comments on this post, but even if you don’t I hope you have a good, restful, and productive weekend.

One comment

  1. I don’t know why but I found this one incredibly easy to read. It’s nice when you give yourself some freedom and let the clarity follow. And sometimes you just need to do the 95% for the magic to start showing up; that’s just the way things are.
    Keep at it. Keep having fun.

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