I have this minor concern that scratches the back of my head at times and I wondered if any of you have ever felt the same or if you got some helpful advice. I've been working for one year and a month with my novel, and I got to know what Game of Thrones ( A Song of Ice and Fire ) was after three months of working with it, at first I drew my inspiration from Tolkien, then I drew my inspiration from both George R R Martin and JK Rowling. My novel is epic fantasy, but dark and not so much fairies and dragons, if you get what I'm saying. It's huge and filled with history, their own ways of doing things, rich with people and religions, continents and seas. Now to the core problem, as most of you know I've only read for the past seven, eight months, and that is only A Song of Ice and Fire (I have ordered two other novels) but yea...it kind of limits my material to assist my writing. I do have a similar chapter system as A Song of Ice and Fire, my novel focuses on three major houses and will expand throughout the series. (Each house got 2-4 PoV's) So what have I gotten only from George R R Martin? The way he does chapters and pov's, as I have not read anything else, though I noticed that Tolkien close to the same. A better understanding of big nono's and such (via interviews of George on youtube) His dark realistic touch (though I had it slightly in mind before I knew about his series, but I thought it never had been done before) My story is not even remotely similar to his, though, except that it is dark fantasy set in a medieval era. But still I feel like ...it's like he showed Coca Cola to me and now I'm making Pepsi? Hehe, no I don't know...maybe I'm just rambling stuff that doesn't even matter in the end.