I LOVE to read. i don't mean that lightly i L.O.V.E. Reading. In highschool person A would say hey do you know Obsidionvale? and the person B would be like, who? and person A would reply "you know that girl who sits on the bench in the morning and reads?" and person B would go "Oh! ya! i know who your talking about!" So yes i love reading and as some one who wants to become a writer i was always inspired by whatever i read and i would go off in my own head and imagine allllll sorts of possibilites. But now i think my reading is hurting my writing. When ever i read something my own inner stories take on the elements of the book im reading. My characters with start doing things and suddenly i realized that there not doing these things because thats the type of character they are they are doing it because of some other characters i've read about. it feels like im trying to find my story and i have to sift through everyone elses stories to get to it. so whats the only solution i can think of? stop reading. i hate that idea. i want to keep reading but if it keeps me from truely seeing my own story do i have any other choice? does anyone have any suggestions on how you can keep your story and other peoples stories separarted in you mind?