It's Been Done ( A Thread for Writerly Advice)
Say you've got a great idea for a science fiction story, only you hate science fiction stories and have the barest perception of what all has been done in science fiction stories. Do you go ahead and write out your idea, only to find out later that it's already been written by someone else? Or do you kind of backburner something like that until you can find out somehow if it's been done already or not?
I'm leaning more towards going ahead and writing it out, because you do really got to either shit or get off the pot. But, damn, that's a lot of work down the drain if it turns out you just re-did someone else's story. And there's a ton of science fiction stories out there, surely everything has been covered.