U is for Unease. Last year I had such a huge sense of unease when a writing friend of mine who I had sent the synopsis of the first book of my trilogy to, said that the soul part of it reminded her of the Potter Books. After that I was unable to work on that story for days. I did not want anyone to accuse me of copying anything from the Potter books, not even by accident. I have abandoned that story until I can think of ways to make it different and unique.
I know that there will always be something in our books that reminds people of another book they have read. And we writers will just have to learn to live with comparisions. Similarities need not be because one writer has copied another. It could be because they have thought along the same lines.
How do you tackle the unease that happens when people say that your story reminds them of some other story?
Note: this is my post for the A to Z Challenge. My theme is Emotions and Feelings writers experience.