I know this isn’t the advice you want to hear, but it’s a thought I’ve had a few times when I’ve seen threads like this one:
If you watch any kind of event featuring choreographed routines, the individual elements are not all unique to the competitor. Take figure skating: any given routine is going to feature essentially the same jumps, with very little variation. Gymnastics floor event; you’re going to have to perform certain elements and if you’re lucky you’ll chain them together in a passably artistic way (but not usually).
Even something closer to our own interests: freestyle BMX (or fixie) tricks and skateboarding tricks. There’s room for innovation I suppose, but there are still a finite number of tricks that elite competitors will pull out, and maybe on occasion they’ll add a new one to surprise the spectators.
Why insist on making every single piece of a routine a personal one-of-a-kind trick? Why not put together tried and true elements in new ways, and execute them with conviction and style? I would rather see an expertly-performed Yuuki Slack or Paul Han laceration then some hourglass thing where a few of the string hops are unique. I don’t even spot the uniqueness in most of these string hopping/underpassing tricks. I might sense that something is somehow different, but for the most part I think to myself, “Ugh, another 30 seconds of two hands close together with 5 string segments and a yoyo bouncing all over the place.”
This is all the opinion of a relative “outsider”… I’ve NEVER made my own trick, will never compete, and am happy just to mess around. So I can’t pretend to know how you feel. But I do think that taking 10-30 minutes to “learn a trick” is a different thing than mastering a trick that impresses you and then mastering it to make it your own. Look for opportunities in nuance rather than creating “from scratch” just for the sake of it.