This is my first post on this forum, so a big to everyone from me. I found this forum after searching for a writing community to get involved in. I've written a couple of pieces, but I'm not published. Until now, I've written stuff which I felt was original (at the time). As I say, I'm not published and I've sent two different screenplays out to various places, without success. Over the past few years, I've gestated on an idea that I thought might be interesting to explore. The issue I have, is that when I come up with ideas that feel are original, I end up realising sometime later that there is something similar already out there. For example. I came up with the premise similar to Next (Nicolas Cage) a few years ago, only to end up throwing it away because, well, it had been done. Though I would've written something different and the only similarity was the ability to see a few minutes into the future. So, this new idea I have I already know is similar to something already out there. How can i describe it? Well, say for discussion's sake, I've come up with an idea for a story where a robot becomes more human over time. Yes, I'm aware that this has been done a few times in television (Star Trek) and film (Bicentennial Man). Again, for illustration, in my 'version', yes the robot would become more human-like, perhaps for different reasons, but the conclusion of this would be entirely different to those I've mentioned. This issue has always bugged me about writing. At what point, baring in mind my discussion above, would an idea be deemed to similar? Would it be breach of copyright to have a robot who becomes more human, in a story of my own, but with differing intentions/conclusions? If I were to be able to mould the middle portion of the story, say have differing ways and means of moving toward the robot's journey. As I say, this has bugged me for a long time and I'd like to pull that thorn out now. I hope someone can generate a discussion. Thanks for reading, and se you around the forum. Best, TamaraMop.