Stolen from Ad Fontes:

In literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.

— C.S. Lewis

My two cents: I’ve certainly seen a lot of young artists (e.g., musicians, myself in included) worry about being original, but perhaps the more prevalent distraction in our culture is a quiet hunger for fame.