Just posting my thoughts to hopefully get some advice. Any way if your like me you want to make your stories at least somewhat unique and different to other stories. That even comes down to naming things. If I’m using a word or name that already in common use then I won’t worry to much about it, but if it’s uncommon or unique then I’ll worry that some other work has already used it, and at least half the time that hunch is correct. I come up with alot of this stuff on my own without much inspiration from other works but a little bit of research later I find that I wasn’t the first to have the idea.
This also extends to characters and setting. I know characters and setting have been rehashed and reused multiple times and the standards probably aren’t as high as I think they are. Still I worry my games and stories won’t just be compared to other games and remind people of certain things, but I’m overly worried that people will think that my games is just rehashed version of (insert name of game, novel, movie, etc.)
I already know most stuff has already been used but I’m worried but stuff being thought of as closer than it should be. RANT OVER.
In general how close is too close for similar characters, what if you got the inspiration from somewhere?
How close is too close for settings?
If a unique name I came up with independently but then found out is already used or razors edge close to something already in use, what can I do, could I still use it?
In general how do I make sure my story is different enough from others that I’m not worried about readers thinking that I’m copying another work?
Any advice for not being so worrisome on this topic?