Everything in the world has been photographed. Every situation in the world has been written about, even if it is news. Only the characters and location change. If you write fiction, there is a finite number of plots. Nothing is new, and there is nothing you can do to change that. However, the number of views, points, opinions and slants is infinite. You can do something about that.
In his book, The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations Georges Polit has …categorized every dramatic situation that might occur in a story or performance. How many times has Romeo and Juliet been written? The famous star-crossed lovers plot is played out day after day on television. It is the theme of innumerable books and other plays. In fact, it is done to death. In fact, it works and people love it.
A photographer I once knew said, when he went on a shoot, he knew that the first thing he would see would be all the cliché snapshot pictures everyone else sees. He devised a method of getting around this do what everyone else is doing problem. He simply started shooting. He shot rolls and rolls of film to get it out of his system. After that he began to see. That is, he began to see in the sense of creative pictures.
This same principle can be applied to any creative endeavor I can think of. Research and problem solving are other good examples of working out the useless. You may spend hours researching a problem and begin to think you have wasted a lot of time. This is not wasted time; it is time that brings you closer to the answer by removing the detritus of no concern.
To resort to yet another platitude – do something, even if its wrong – is the answer to getting started. If what you do happens to be wrong, well…