That quote is by Helen Keller.
I don't want to be in someone's shadow. I had this discussion with a friend of mine over coffee today. I'm working on that children's novel, and this one thought keeps going through my mind: I don't want to be J.K. Rowling's shadow.
I have the unfortunate knack of writing fantasy fiction. It really doesn't matter what my audience is, that's what I'm writing. So, as I write, I keep trying so hard not to write anything even remotely like Harry Potter. I really want that worry to go away.
When you think of how you want nothing to be even slightly similar to something that, in essence is similar, its going to inhibit you. I don't need a wall in front of my story. I don't need someone (even myself) saying, "You can't do that....or that....or that...." But, how do I banish that fear? How can I just immerse myself and forget this fear? I know, in my heart of hearts, that I am not writing a spin-off or continuation or anything that I want to compare to HP. I know this, but how do I stop the fear? Its there, whispering to me in this dark voice, telling me things I don't want to hear. Help! I don't want to let go of this story; I think it will be good. Any suggestions?