I was listening to an interview with Neil Gaiman, and he said that what he finds to be the biggest set back for all new writers is that they try to write what's already been written. He said don't try to write LOTR, it's already been done, and been done better than you can do. And I think he nailed exactly my problem. I can't get away from trying to emulate what I like. And I know that it's good to draw inspiration, and that no idea is new, but all I can think is "I love how this was done in this book/movie/tv show, I have to do it the same way." And it's completely holding me back. With short stories I'm fine -- I have no problem pumping out my own ideas for short stories and making them my own. But with novels it's this complete block that I can't get past. So how do I get past it? Much love.