I don't read as much as I'd like, but I've been trying to read more—to get a feel for what's out there, and well, it's probably my favorite way to procrastinate. ;) The only bad thing about reading (besides getting nothing else done) is finding similarities to my story.
It makes me crazy when I'm reading along and find a scene that's like one in my story, or a character that's a little too familiar. In fact, there's one popular series out there where the description of the hero and the heroine are almost identical to the description of my hero and heroine, and my descriptions were set long before I read that series. I can't change it now. It would never feel right. But I hate feeling like it's not all mine.
I know it's been said many times that there are no new ideas. Even so, I think the overall concept of my story is unique, and I've worked very hard to weed out aspects that are glaringly similar to stuff that's already out there. Still, I find things are always popping up that make me think, "If I get published, is it going to look like I copied this idea?"
Does anyone else do this? Is this an early symptom of writer's dimentia?