i’ve always known i write like my friends or other works i’ve been reading. it’s hard to find your own voice while everyone else is talking so loudly. that’s really no excuse of course, but still.
being a writer is interesting that way. and certain influences being the thing of the times. just look at c.s. lewis and tolkien. no, they are certainly not the same, but they drew ideas from each other. connections, yep. they’re important and they can really stretch you and how you create your own pieces. it’s easy to feel guilty about that too, when you kinda get into a groove of imitation. finding that balance between other voices and your own can potentially be the hardest thing a writer does, i imagine.