When I was younger I'd write short stories, poems, plays etc. but I never got around to writing a book which is my biggest aspiration in life. This has always been my biggest dream so what is stopping me? It's not that I don't have ideas or that I physically can't write. In fact, the thought of not writing gives me anxiety. It wasn't until I finally sat down and started writing a book that I realized why I never started before. It's scary. What if it's not original? I don't want anyone to think I'm copying them. Will it be good enough? What if, what if, what if... All of these questions would eat me up inside and would stop me before I even started. I just had to push fear aside and start to write because if I don't do it now then I don't know if I ever will and that's not an option. I'm learning that yes, it's all been done before but your experiences and perspective will make the story unique. It is alright to be inspired by other works. In fact, reading is probably what made you want to become a writer in the first place. You most likely developed your unique writing style from combining things that resonated with you as a reader. If you are proud of your work then it is good enough! Stop asking questions and just write your book. These are all things that I have to constantly remind myself and with each word I write, with each chapter I finish, I am closer to being a published author. I already am an author, I just have to believe it... and so do you.