Here’s a couple of quotes from yesterday’s ‘Permission to Suck’ post that hit home for me:
Using your instincts as a creative person means staying within yourself.
Make sure that every influence you’re connected to is filtered through your unique voice. Perhaps it’s best to keep it inside long enough to forget inspiration’s origin. Use the artifact of influence before it’s time and you’re work is a copy.
Without an original voice – without artistic instincts – you resemble a marketer. Producing what you think will sell; a trend chaser.
While copies are OK, they aren’t quality in the full sense of the word; they’re a lie as soon as you put your name on them. Influences, given time to incubate, are the nutrients of your unique voice. No matter how similar the final result, if you’re honest with yourself, don’t you instinctively know when they’re yours or a copy?
I know I do.
A Permission To Suck Manifesto law:
6. Your creativity is about your heart, not their surface. Creativity is your world view filtered through your talent. It’s your passion, experience, expertise, inspiration and your rules that drive you to create wonderful things that you’re destined to hate because they’re not good enough, and others are open to admire because they couldn’t do it.