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#1 Jonas

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Posted 16 September 2017 - 11:03 AM

You guys ever get paranoid your ideas will be stolen from websites like this?

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 06:30 PM

I guess you gotta trust your research, the reputation of the site, and your gut.



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 06:34 AM

I would say no. This is because, while you might have some people who could in theory steal an idea through a query or synopsis, chances are they're writing would never be enough to get the idea published (especially if they have to steal). Remember, books aren't really sold on an idea, they're sold because of the quality of writing and story.



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Posted 20 September 2017 - 10:23 AM

Seems that you started more than one thread like this, but regardless I'll repeat here what I said on the other one: ideas are the easy part. The writing, following through on an idea, developing characters, setting, tension, voice -- those are the things that make an story idea come alive. Ideas are everywhere, just waiting for someone willing and able to build upon them.



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:09 PM

yes, I do. But like the others said. Even if they steal the idea they still have to finish the book. 



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Posted 14 January 2018 - 10:57 AM

I'm far more concerned at the beta reader level
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 11:33 AM

To anyone crazy enough to try and write a story using one of my plot ideas, I say good luck. 



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Posted 17 February 2018 - 09:44 PM

I get paranoid about this all the time.  But not from the people on this web site. (I just joined this web site)

 

Very simple, ideas are not entitled to copyright protection.

 

So if I send a proposed article to a journal (I often write non fiction) one of the guys affiliated with or friends of the editor can take my ideas, use his own words to express my ideas, and enjoy seeing himself published with my ideas.   People think I am full of myself when I mention this, but it's already happened to me.   



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Posted 18 February 2018 - 12:50 PM

I've heard this a lot, and I used to worry about it a long time ago, too.

 

Thing is, ideas are the easy part.

 

If you've got an idea for a book, what will make it yours is the execution: the writing you put in, the way you present it, the expertise you demonstrate (I'm thinking nonfiction, since that's a big part of what you write, you said). Execution is everything.

 

As someone who writes nonfiction for a living (I'm a journalist) and who has written lots of freelance stuff over the years, the idea behind something is nothing compared to making it work.

 

My recommendation is to take your ideas and turn them into something tangible: articles, blog posts, books, courses. Things you can sell or give away. 






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