It is certain that every writer gets influenced by what they read. To an extent that is the reason we write what we write. Stephen King in fact said “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” I remember that this story I am currently writing has went through several phases, especially the first chapter. When I first started writing the story I was really in love with the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. So, the first time the chapter was very similar to the first chapter in that series. The second time, I had incorporated many ideas from the series in the first chapter. Then my computer computer broke and i lost the outline… Best thing that ever happened to this story. After that, I re-wrote everything and finally the story became completely my own.