Let me know if you have ever been in this situation:
- You have this awesome idea for a post and you are super excited about it.
- You get to writing and create one of your best posts yet.
- And then, all of a sudden, you notice at least ten other people have written on the exact same topic.
- Ouch, it hurts!
Oh, I’ve been there many times.
What do I do in this situation?
First, I remind myself that there really is nothing new out there.
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. ~Ecclesiastes 1:9 ESV Click To Tweet
Yes, it’s true that someone else has probably written about the same topics I want to write about. Of course, it has happened because there really is nothing new under the sun. This helps me keep my ego in check and humility in the forefront.
What does this tell me?
One thing it tells me is that since someone has already written about it then that just means I need to get out of my own butt and start writing.
If I wrote half as much as I spent whimpering about not writing then I would already have a book. Click To Tweet
The only reason there are articles on the same topics as my ideas is that those people got to work and wrote those articles.
It has nothing to do with ability but it has everything to do with initiative.
All that time I spend whining about other people getting to the good ideas first is time that I could have spent writing and getting content out there.
It is my fault there is a ton of content already out there that is not mine. The more I write and get content out there the more exposure I gain and the more likely I am the one who is the “first” to write something.
The truth is that there is nothing new under the sun. And honestly, to believe my idea is BRAND NEW INFORMATION is full of ego.
It isn’t new. And guess what? That’s absolutely okay.
There is one thing, though, that is absolutely unique and new.
That is YOU or ME!!
Every person and every writer is 100% unique. Our DNA proves that we are unique. And that means that our perspective on a particular seemingly worn out topic is still brand new and unique. You breathe fresh air into something that is tired.
I have a unique voice.
My voice is built on my experiences and my personality.
And just like how unique my DNA is so is my voice. And to not use my voice is to deprive the world of hearing MY story. My story is absolutely worthy to be told. Click To Tweet
Not only is your voice unique, but your readers are also all unique.
While you are using your unique voice to write on a topic that has already been written on there is a person out there who may very well be touched by YOUR writing.
Have you ever read a bunch of articles on a particular subject and then there is that one article that just helps it all make sense much better than the others? For whatever reason, that particular writer’s voice clicked in your mind and soul in a way the other writers couldn’t.
You were touched by that writer.
That moment of connection between writer and reader absolutely won’t happen if the writer isn’t writing. It’s that simple.
The more time you spend whimpering and whining about writer’s block the more time your voice is not heard by that person whose life is potentially changed by your writing.
You have missed out on leaving your mark in someone’s life and in the world.
What’s the lesson here?
Drop the ego.
And start writing.
It’s not all about YOU.
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