I like to think my ideas are original. I read a lot and I never think, oh, I've read this story before. But just because I haven't read it doesn't mean it hasn't been done. It just sucks when you're working on something that closely follows or mirrors something someone else already wrote. It hurts a little, no? Yesterday I started a new short story and almost finished it. Until my lover came home from work and said my story sounded just like another story and a movie. I hadn't seen or read it, but it was a little crushing. My lover read the first page and said I seemed like I was writing the same story. I deliberately started taking things in another direction and adding more to the situation. I made the characters more complex so they wouldn't seem like copies of anything or anyone since I guess my idea actually happened as the book and movie are based on a true story. I didn't google it. I worked on MY story. Still, the basic idea of the story is still there in some form. There's no real way around that. Yesterday, the actual writing was coming out awesome. Better than usual. I was falling in love with every word I put down in it's perfect little spot. I wish everything I wrote came out so good, especially in a first draft. Damn. What can I do about this if anything? I mean I've gone back and changed the story quite a bit. I was close to the end, but I was thinking my ending was going to be pretty much exactly what happened in this other story. And I guess the whole story is really well known since it happened in real life and I hear the movie was pretty good. So, I'm ditching that ending. But the main thing going on in the story is what was going on with the other story. I'm giving myself a day or two to think about my story and other endings. I'm seeing what I can come up with to flip the script, so to speak. I don't want people to immediately think of the true story. I want to be original enough (whatever that means). Is it a mistake not to look up the actual story? Am I going to accidentally put in more details that seem like the other story when I'm trying to make it my own? I'm worried it will influence me or frustrate me to know anymore at this point. Man. this suck. This has never happened to me before. Has something like this happened to you? Were you able to fix and finish your story? Was your story still published? Did I just write 4k useless words? And in cases like this, I would assume my story needs to come out better (and different) for anything to happen with it, right?