Really like this quote from creative director David Mikula on his post at Medium:
Well, that’s convicting. I do this all the time. I read and create links and curate.
I think I’ve turned a corner, but for awhile, it left me feeling really defeated. I was jealous and bitter about what other people were doing–so much so that I became really discouraged at what I was able to do.
Practice writing, not just clicking.
It’s good to have influences, but like everything–in moderation.
Eventually, it may be become a stumbling block to your own goals and ideas and your own work at hand.
He goes on to say:
It’s easy to do your job and escape into other people’s creativity. It’s comfortable being a fan. It’s why making something without a blueprint is so scary.
I use a lot of curation, I’ve copied people’s style while trying to figure out my own (am I there yet?). But going at it alone is scary. But we’ve got to try.
Sure, our ideas will reflect others…but it should also be uniquely our own.