Tuesday, February 15, 2011
How Do I Keep People from Stealing My Ideas?
“Do you see that girl over there? She’s checking me out. She’s staring at me.”
And I realize – I’ve been staring “at” a 15-year-old blond-haired-surfer for the past several minutes. Sadly, he’s mistaken my writers’-block-staring-into-space for wow-she-thinks-I’m-hot--aren’t-I-awesome?
I want to jump. Slap the boy. Explain I have my own fully-grown blond-haired-surfer at home.
But the B&N boy is convinced it’s all about him. Which honestly, reminds me a little of myself.
Especially at the beginning of my career.
I am ashamed to admit that several years ago I was scared to share my writing ideas with other writers for fear my brilliance would be stolen. I know, conceited, right? I just knew my amazing book or article would be ripped right out from under me.
But that was before I realized:
• Writers are full of their own ideas. Most writers have more concepts than time, and they are more in love with their own ideas than the ideas of others.
• My plans are not the most awesome on the planet. This one hurt. A lot.
• Even on the very minuscule .0000002 chance my idea is “stolen”, no one can ever steal the way I would write this story… the voice, the tone, the humor… or really anything I would use to make the story “mine”.
So there you have it. Next time you’re worried about sharing your dreams because someone might steal them, remember the blond-haired-surfer in Barnes and Noble. And remember your writer-friends probably have their very own surfer at home.
And they probably like him a lot better.
Real Teen Faith.
Posted by Bare Naked Blog w/Bekah at 11:23 AM