Some of the best advice I ever had when dealing with projects, came from dealing with cliches. The creative mind always wants to be original, strives for that unique idea. But I believe that comes with time, if even that.
There are only seven plots after all.
When I discussed this with a professor who assigned a design project on contrast, I was very frustrated with my work. I explained that I had chosen to do city vs. country, but I wasn’t satisfied because I felt like it had all been done before.
His response: “Well, have you done this before?”
Short and simple, but the point is there.
The above design is the result and while not a confident design – being my first attempt to make art with computers – the words have lasted. Words I think of each time I get stuck. It works well to aid the process of quieting my inner critique when I begin to write.