I’m not creative. I’m not imaginative. I can’t think of new ideas. I’m a lousy writer. I have nothing to offer my readers.
Do thoughts like those go through your mind from time to time? Yeah, same here.
As I rededicate myself to getting several severely neglected internet projects back up and running, I am in a constant battle against my own self doubt.
I often consider my writing to be boring, unimaginative, contrived, and seemingly uninspired.
Yep, we can all be pretty hard on ourselves when we’re attempting to do things outside our own comfort zone. I think that’s one way our mind uses to drive us back to that comfy position it wants us to stay safe in.
Let’s take a look at the Merriam Webster definition of creative:
cre·a·tive adjective \kr?-??-tiv, ?kr?-?\
: having or showing an ability to make new things or think of new ideas
: using the ability to make or think of new things : involving the process by which new ideas, stories, etc., are created
: done in an unusual and often dishonest way
IMHO, I think many of us try so hard to reinvent the wheel that we neglect our ability to just sell the wheel that has already been invented.
Truly inventive types are a fairly rare and special breed. With billions of people on the planet, coming up with original thoughts and ideas is certainly quite a challenge.
Hell, I even tried a real quick test of something I’ve never seen before that I thought might possibly be an original idea. I googled – earrings made of fruit – and damn it, somebody is already selling real fruit jewelry. Oh well, back to the drawing board.
So, if you happen to be one of those special talents who can not only think of really original ideas, but also see them through to fruition, congratulations on being truly creative.
The rest of us fairly normal mortals have to find our creativity in how we connect with our audience. You know your audience. They are the people who share at least some of our thoughts and beliefs. They want to hear what we are saying.
Our creativeness comes from putting ourselves out there and sharing our own thoughts and opinions on things. We might be doing it to sell products and services or we might be doing it simply to engage others in discussion.
Whatever your reason is for being online, actually sticking with something to the desired end is a fairly original and creative endeavor. Most of us quit relatively quickly.
As you go along, if you’re paying attention, you’ll learn to tweak things here and there to enhance your message and further engage your market.
That’s the creativity we all have inside of us. We are all original in some form or fashion. Make use of the subtle, or not so subtle, differences in your own personality to find your audience and be successful.
Just keep going. Evolve. Succeed.