The Insecure Writer's Support Group was created by Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh to support fellow writer's who might benefit from the encouragement of others who can relate to their writerly insecurities. His co-hosts for this month are Mark Koopmans, Nancy S. Thompson, and Heather Gardner.
This month I've been fretting about the difficult concept of originality. So many things have come before. There are so many books and films out there for people to enjoy (or eviscerate as often happens) that it's a little daunting to sit down and try to come up with an original story idea. It's impossible for any one person to know what all has been done before, so one may rehash an idea that's been done before without even realizing it. And if you share your work with the world, someone will inevitably point that out, and they won't necessarily be nice about it. You may also draw upon things that have inspired you, as all people are bound to do from time to time.
All you can do is write the best work you can. You need to tell a story that captivates you and try to give it a life uniquely its own. Remember, no one will ever write a particular story in the same way that you would.
"The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can."
Others may still accuse you of not being original enough when they see elements in your writing that are similar to things they've seen before. All you can do is stand behind your writing and try not to let those voices of criticism hurt your confidence too much.