With all the different literature and film around these days it's getting harder and harder to be original. And if you intend to do fantasy/sci fi like myself, then you'd better try hard. I never want to be thought of as just another sci fi/fantasy writer - there seems to be tens of thousands of them across the net. One of the things that I think about before writing is how do I make this different?
I always intend anything I release to leave an impression on whoever reads it. Whether it be short or long lasting impression isn't always relevant but if I can get a person to think something like 'that was different/strange/original' or 'I didn't see that coming' then I think I did okay.