Same idea, from a different angle…

Talking with a fellow writer tonight, he mentioned how some people seem to worry about putting their ideas out there in a blog. They fear that someone will steal their ideas, write them and get to that editor that will want it first. I believe that people can have the same idea, but unless you’re posting sections of your writing that someone can take, any idea they take away and write up is going to be something totally different than you would do. Books get picked up by agents and editors based on how you present it, and your take on it. I think two people would take the same concept and write it differently. I’ve always believed that the same “idea” is likely to come from several directions in a given time period. Perhaps because of social consciousness or something in the ether. But it takes the sum total of your experiences and writing skills to define what the idea will turn into. Hmmm, maybe one of these days I’ll try to get my whole writing group to write on the same prompt and see what each person comes up with. Could be interesting.

1 Comment

  1. deathlynx said,

    October 17, 2009 at 11:03 am

    It’s deffinately true that virtually every concept has been done before in one form or another…heck Shakespear only had two original stories out of all of his work; Tempest and Mid-Summer Night’s Dream…the rest he took pretty much whole from stories, legends and myths that surrounded him…

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