Why am I only now seeing this thread?
I've only written short stories in the past. At this stage I'm pretty comfortable with the format and feel like expanding, maybe a novelette. I always find the most difficult part of writing a story is the beginning, if I get stuck there I have a terrible habit of giving up almost straight away.
I'd love to able to write but I seem to get so far into something before realising I've subconciously ripped something off from somewhere else, getting irritated and deleting it from my hard drive. Any tips for writing original stuff?
This happens to me all the strawberry floating time. And it doesn't help that the idea is what I usually find to be the most challenging part of writing, not the execution. I always think that my inspirations will be so blatantly obvious to the point of distraction. Then of course I start to view whatever I'm writing as simply an inferior version of the original source. Very frustrating. Suppose it's just something I need to learn to let not get to me or I may end up never writing anything substantial.