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It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Posted by Dirck on 16 October, 2020

A thing that a lot of writers get stuck inside their heads is “I must keep my ideas secret, lest other writers make off with them!” This even though we all know that there’s only (variable but small number) stories in existence.

Apart from a very few seriously unique notions that need to be sprung on an unsuspecting world, like, “How about zombies, but fast?”, most of us stop worrying about that. We still keep ideas to ourselves, because (a) they’re often a little embarrassing, and (b) blabbing about them before they’ve fully gestated is a good way of killing them.

Others stealing the ideas, though? I’ve seen some big name authors shout WHO CARES?! at that, because no two writers will tell a story in the same way. Case in point:

I will make an exception to the preceding for film adaptations of The Three Musketeers. Unless it’s “In Space” or “set in the Cars universe”, you’re utterly wasting your efforts when the 1973/74 diptych exists.

Today’s pen: OMAS Arte Italiana
Today’s ink: Edelstein Olivine

ps: I haven’t mentioned it here (apart from the automated side-bar reference) but over on the writing site, I’m archiving creepy nanofictions which I emit daily on Twitter.

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