I realize now that not a single story is unique anymore, because everybody borrows ideas from a writer, or a friend. They get their ideas from an outside source, so the whole story is not entirely their own in that respect. However, I have a question about the plagirism law and what not. I am currently in the midst of writing a novel that I started almost two years ago, I took a short break and began rewriting it a couple months ago. The storyline has been used by an author John Ringo, in a diffrent respect. There are many major diffrences in my novel, and that of John Ringo, however, sadly there are also noticeable similarities. While I don't consider my story a rip-off of John Ringo's my friends who have read the Mike Harmon series, find it eerily similar and have even suggested I not write it. In the end my story will turn out completely diffrent, I know because I have already writtne the ending, I'm working solely on the middle chapters. My question is, if my story is similar to another's, but starts, and ends drastically diffrently, is it still plagirised because the middle chapters are similar?