Do you feel like everything has already been said? That it’s impossible to be original, in an age where everyone has instant access to everything?
Well, I disagree.
Fresh, original writers and bloggers emerge every day. Each of us is an utterly unique human being.
Yet originality remains a struggle for many writers. Here’s a typical comment I recently got on one of my blog posts:
“I run a blog and I’ve been trying to be original in my content. The more I try, the more I get less original.
“What’s your advice on this?” –Ifeanyi
When you feel like you have nothing fresh to contribute, it’s time to take a step back and shake up your creative process.
I put together this list of 18 originality-enhancing ideas because in Hebrew, the word for life, chai, has the numerical value of 18. Pump some new life into your writing with these!
As a teen, I was scared of making money for writing.
When I began to take on little commissions in 2007, I wrote sponsored posts for $1 each — or even less. Sometimes all I got for a 300-word post was ten cents.
My family pushed me to make more money as a writer. But they went a little too far, and I developed a sense of guilt every time I caught myself writing for pleasure.
One day not long ago, I was on the verge of a mental breakdown. The thought of writing my assignments nauseated me.
Instead of diving right into client work, I decided to write something fun. Something for me. Here’s what happened…
This past October, I found a new copywriting client. They had already gone through two sub-par writers, so they were wary of hiring another freelance writer.
I did a paid trial piece using the voice I saw on their blog.
It turns out they didn’t like their voice and wanted to go in a different direction. They asked me how I saw myself “fitting in” — a clear sign of doubt.
So I asked for a meeting. Drawing on my background as a slam poet, I paid attention to the way the client spoke and asked questions about their desired voice. The client left the meeting hopeful and satisfied. I won their trust, and I did it using slam poetry.
by Jessica Ruane Like every aspiring child writer, I grew up believing I’d be the next great American novelist. I had dreams of sitting out on the balcony of my beach house, effortlessly composing the next bestseller, taking the occasional…