I am a huge reader, and I read a lot of books within the genre I write. This is helpful and unhelpful all at the same time. Of course, I believe that the more you read it will help you develop as a writer. Helps you learn what you love so that you can follow your dream, create your own stories, and share them with the world. However, do you ever worry while your writing that maybe you have let someone else’s voice creep into your head without realizing it? I know I have had that concern. I once wrote a story that I absolutely loved and after revising and re-reading it again and again  I worried I had allowed another author to influence my work too much and lost my own voice. What did I do? I took a step back. Walked away from the story for a few days and kept it off of my mind. Before going back, I had others read it and used their feedback to make the story better and make sure it was telling “my” story. The point is, don’t let nerves or doubt in yourself cloud your judgment. If I had I never would have finished this particular story, and in the end, it is one of my favorite pieces to date.

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