So I've come up with a plot and characters I'm really excited about. For the first time in years I'm actually banging away writing the story rather than just planning and researching and it not going anywhere. My problem is, when I wrote down the entire storyline I realised just HOW close it was to an episode of something I used to watch. To the point where if you were to just outline it generally without using characters and specifics you might think I was describing the episode. I've mentioned it to a couple of people who have also seen the episode and one said she didn't think it was similar enough not to write and the other said that, although it was similar, to write it anyway and see if it ended up having tangents that distanced it from the similar storyline. But my worry is that, if I wrote it, I'm not sure it could be published being so close? Surely someone, like me, would come along and go 'hmm, that's an awful lot like that episode of Voyager I watched once...' Thoughts? Am happy to write down the synopses of both to let people compare...?