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Harry Potter wasn't a particularly original story. For people who read a lot of fantasy, many of its themes, settings and characters were deeply familiar. But Rowling did a very good job bringing her own vision to it. Your story doesn't sound --to me --at all like Harry Potter. But like most fantasy stories, including Harry Potter, it has some familiar ...


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BIG QUESTION! DO IT: First, what is stopping you from writing? Is it a desperately busy life? If so, 'fish or cut bait.' If you don't have time to do even a little writing, you aren't going anywhere. DO SOMETHING: I think you're feeling overwhelmed by the scale of writing. It's easier not to write than contemplate writing a whole book. The key is to start ...


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I'm sure that Todd J. Greenwald's friends might have told him that his idea for what later became the Disney Channel TV series Wizards of Waverly Place was too similar to Harry Potter, but apparently it was different enough to produce four seasons of episodes without being shut down for plagerism. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wizards_of_Waverly_Place[1] And ...


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Your friend is wrong. That's not nearly enough like Harry Potter to be a problem. My guess is that your friend has read Harry Potter but not any other urban fantasy; many, many urban fantasy stories start out with an old enemy resurfacing; a protagonist who didn't know about the magical world suddenly becoming aware of it; said protagonist ending up being &...


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Note that this is coming from a perspective of a technical author but I believe some of the advice may apply to your case as well so I thought to answer. In my experience, you may find the following things helpful: Capture your ideas and observations to a system. This can be an application or a group of text files. During writing, you can fall back to the ...


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The thing that helps me most is setting an incentive. For example, I wrote 300 words today, so I get chocolate. Or, for every 1000 words, you get something to keep you going.


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To stay motivated, you have to have a reason to write. Whether this is just because you want to or hope to eventually publish, you just need a reason. The better reason the more likely you are to stay focused on your own. To stay focused, I use an html based site to type, then turn off my wifi. This keeps me off other sites and the only thing left to do is ...


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To answer you concisely: don't worry about it. As long as you're not actually copying the character of Roth, you shouldn't have any problem. Plenty of people with the same name in the world!


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Be a good Kalkiite! It sounds like you are NOT trying to use the Roth character as a base. So you are golden. There are millions of Michaels, Stevens (in all variations) and even hundreds of Roths, Rothmans, and Rothschilds. You have nothing to worry about. But even if you were influenced by the original Roth, you still could - by transforming the way the ...


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Remember how achievable your goal really is. 70,000 words is an entirely reasonable goal for a first novel. If you're a power writer (and don't necessarily care too much about the quality of your first draft), 10,000 words a day is entirely doable -- if a bit taxing. That means, with a full-time effort, you can have a first draft down in as little as a week! ...


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Here's how I do it: Have something vitally important to say. Something that you know the world needs to hear. Be aware death is always present and might rob you of the opportunity to do 1 if you don't get going (Covid-19 has gotten me almost 90 000 words into my current WIP since April!) Draw blanks when imagining what you would do if you didn't write. I've ...


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So reading what you say, this is specifically what I think your friend is getting at with similarities to Harry Potter: But the hero couldn't kill all the creatures and their leader. They somehow managed to escape. This plus "magic school" is probably what is making them think Harry Potter. The overall plot of Harry Potter is "once there was ...


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I think you'd only be heading into troublesome territory if you have people storing bits of their soul inside things for safe keeping. Even that is not an original idea, but it is a central part of the Harry Potter plot. Other than that, it's hard to accuse someone of copying a story about magicians.


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Contains Harry Potter spoilers Based on what you've given us, I can see why your friend may confuse it with Harry Potter, but I'm pretty sure you're good. Let's start by taking a look at your world/setting. You say it's a world with three magical kingdoms. Harry Potter has no magical kingdoms, just magical people hiding in the shadows, so you're good there. ...


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The only right you need is to own the book that you are going to sell. If you only had a license, not ownership, or were renting a book, then you could not sell it at all legally. Those overseas books that competed with the US publishers were generally pirated and printed in violation of the copyright protection. So you should also be sure that the book you ...


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