This happens all the time and it drives me crazy: I’ll have an idea for a story or needlework design; I’ll look around to see if it’s been done; I won’t find anything; I’ll dink around, thinking and maybe even doing; then someone will come out with that very thing. Ahhhhh!
Just a few days ago I mentioned starting an online book club. One of my writing partners came up with a brilliant angle on that idea for our children’s writing. Two days later another group of children’s writers launched…an online book club.
Earlier this week, another needlework designer announced the release of a new design. You guessed it–I had had the same idea, which, by the way, is being called “unique” and “original.” I have to admit, albeit somewhat grudgingly, she did a nice job with it. That’s better than bringing the idea out in a half-baked way.
They say there’s nothing new under the sun. I think they’re right.
On the one hand, it’s frustrating. Others are executing my brilliant ideas before I can (sometimes many years before I can). But worst of all, it means there’s not an original idea in my chaotic and frequently overwhelmed noodle. For a supposedly creative person that’s depressing.
On the other hand, it’s not as though I have a shortage of ideas. I mean, part of the reason others are beating me to the punch is that I’m working on other things, or undecided about which idea to pursue. When someone else executes one of my ideas, I get to check it off my list! That’s a good thing; I should be grateful.
But seriously…this makes me wonder: what makes an idea original?