So one thing I've recently realized is that I've found myself worrying and double checking my work to make sure that my comic doesn't rip off someone else's work. Especially in regards to my friends' comics here.
It probably comes from a combination of my family encouraging me/my own desire to be more original with my ideas and stuff, and my not wanting to hurt my friends' feelings by accidentally plagiarizing their works if that makes sense.
However, I think I recently realized that I think I might be becoming overly cautious and paranoid in that regard where I'd come up with an idea of my own, only to feel that I'm accidentally ripping off my friends or someone else even when it's something that's not really that big of a deal or just a result of me and my friends drawing inspiration from the same sources (Like anime or video games etc). I guess I kind of have this irrational fear of another creator look at my stuff and say "Hey, that's just my thing from my comic! I can't believe you plagiarized me like that!" if that makes sense.
I know that it's a good idea to be wary to make sure you don't plagiarize people, especially other smaller creators on that end, but I'm worried that I'm going overboard and limiting my creativity with that paranoia and robbing me of my ability to make my own creative decisions for my projects and really draining on me motivation-wise.
Has anyone else struggled with that type of paranoia in that regard? If so, how'd you eventually deal with and get over that worry about accidentally ripping off your fellow creators and others?
Thanks for the help on that regard.