Anyway, with the convenience of digital and because film is not a cheap endeavor these days, I use digital to verify. However, this instant verification makes us lose touch with intuition and instincts.
Harkening back to the beginning of our existence, instinct was crucial to our survival. As we've developed into our modern ways of living, we have lost touch with instinct. A lot of times we second guess ourselves.
What if we started listening to our intuition? For example, I could have saved myself a lot of harassment and hassle had I trusted my intuition years ago. I had attended a workshop and my instincts were to run. The teacher seemed like a creep and a predator. But, I second guessed myself and continued, only to regret that decision and the fall out from it. Because I didn't trust myself, I ended up in the sites of two other predators and creeps. For some reason, it ended up like a three way battle between these men to own me (for my work or reputation...nothing more, but still creepy). It took me way too long to cut them all out of my life. Had a trusted my instinct that very first day, I could have saved myself the trouble with all of these unstable individuals.
As in life, so in art. Fear of failure makes us second guess our creative instinct. It is okay to fail. You learn from that failure. So the next time you have a creative idea, try to go with it. Don't start questioning if it'll appeal to others. As soon as you do that, you lose your own voice. Your original idea then become one of the multitudes mired in mediocrity.
The other creativity and originality killer is obsession with technical perfection. For example, everyone argues about lens sharpness. It is such and obsession that we forget that the story is what makes the image, not the sharpness. You can have a razor sharp image that lacks any connection to a view. Just like you can follow all the composition rules and have a very bland image. It's good to be aware of these things, but also to know when to break them. The image below is not sharp, but I didn't want it to be sharp. I was going for a painterly look. Paintings are not razor sharp. Additionally, the image below is about the story. It makes you think..what is this little girl waiting for? Is she alone in the cabin? If so, why is she alone? and etc.