Reluctance to Share Ideas

Hello again! I just posted up some details about my NaNoWriMo project for this year, which has probably the working title of The Bird that Sings. While I posted this information up, I was also a little reluctant to do so, and that I that I’m afraid that someone could take my idea. But as writers we all feel this way. I’m going to jot down five reason why we are reluctant to share our ideas with others.

One reason for this reluctance is due to the fact that we do not want others to take or steel our ideas. Granted, we all think that we have original ideas and that is such a great feeling or understanding that we have. But let’s face it all premises have been used one time or another. It’s just that we want to make it feel new and refreshed, which is something hard to make happen.

I know  that I have felt that way, and it’s not due to lack of the use of words but due to the impostor syndrome that we all face. Impostor syndrome in case you do not know its where you feel that you should not be a writer. But the only way to over come impostor syndrome is to write and feel like you belong with everyone else in the room. If you want a great example of this, watch the movie, Catch Me If You Can.

Based on a true story, Catch Me If You Can shows that if you look the part even if you don’t know anything that you can look like everyone else does in the room that has the same position that you want. While the others may have worked hard to get there, you have to work harder to get their so that you can show that you know what you are talking about. It all comes back to that old adage write what you know, and one way to write what you know is to research what it is that you want to know so that you can be just as smart as the others in the room.

The second reason that we are reluctant to share or even talk about our story ideas, is that we don’t want to wrongly judged for the topics that we want to tackle. Yes, some ideas depending on who you share them with will get you either strange looks or insults. This should not be the environment that we should have to deal with in today’s world, but on other if we are stronger than others in the room to take on those ideas than we should be able to wither the storm for it gives us that drive to make that magic happen.

The third reason is fear. We have the fear that we are taking on a bigger project then what we want to take on. But if you came up with the idea then there is a reason for it. Just as another adage states there is a reason for everything. Then there is a reason for the idea to find you in the first place, and we should take that idea and see it for what it is a gift. Yes, a gift and while we may feel fear to accept the gift then we should run with that gift and make something of it.

Fear comes in many shades and colors, but the color that we chose to view it can show that we can concur our fear and seize the moment to make what we want possible. We just have to take that step forward and to concur that fear.

The fourth reason that we are reluctant to share our ideas is that we don’t want to be claimed as either copycats or plagiarism. Let’s face it if we are labeled as either can make anyone cringe where they sit or stand. Once you are given these labels it is hard to shake them off for anyone, and it will make your work as an author twice as hard as anyone else. We all at some point in our lives have been stuck with a label that we have worked hard to get rid and every time that a new label is put upon us it just makes it harder for us to fight those labels. So avoiding labels is a fight and a challenge, but it can be done with hard work. But being given the label of copycat or plagiarist is one that no writer wants even on their worst day.

The fifth reason that we are reluctant to share ideas is that we don’t want to be put down or discouraged from tackling one a story idea. This is the toughest one to over come, but it can be done. Just like any of the other reasons for the reluctance, it takes hard work to over come these. But this one we have to put our best foot forward and just write the idea out and when it is all said and done, we can be proud and say look what I have done. Then you tell that the non-sayers to read what you wrote and ask them to tell you then were they right to tell you not to take on that story idea. When they answer no, they were wrong then you can proud that you proved them wrong.

Granted, you can take proving them wrong as a challenge and one that should be accepted. Then you can also say when you have proved them wrong don’t ever say that I cannot take on the story that I want to tell. I see the fifth reason as a great motivator for writing that story and finishing that novel. It should be seen as both a challenge and as an obstacle to getting that story written. Once the obstacle has been overcome than any story idea that you have should be tackled and seen out to the finish for you made one story idea that you were told that you have no business writing completed and you can go on to the next.

Yes, there may be other reason why there is a reluctance to share ideas, but sharing ideas is also how we build our communities and gain a knowledge base that we can add to our credit. If you have other reason on why writers are reluctant to share ideas, please, comment down below. I would love to read your reasons.

I hope that you have found this post helpful when it comes to overcoming the reluctance for sharing story ideas with others. I also hope that you have a great writing day!

 

The Past Weekend…

This past weekend for the most part was about giving writing advice to other writers on at least a couple of the writering groups that are on Facebook. As I have mentioned in the past one of my goals with my business is to help other writers. Some of the topics included how you go about re-writing, how do you start to write in a certain genre, and about getting the confidence in your writing. There were also topics that I gave advice on for publishing as well and how you go about working on a blog about writing, and that was just to name a few of the topics. Granted some of these topics I have not covered on this site yet and I will in the future.

This past weekend I also learned about some new tools, and those will be added to the section Writer’s First Source. The first of these new tools is The Hemingway Editor (www.hemingwayapp.com). This website can help you edit your work, it can also tell you the readability of your work is. This one I’m going to test with what I have on the current draft of the Raven Prophecy and see what are some of the results. The other nifty tool that I learned about this morning is Text to Speech Reader (https://ttsreader.com). This one allows you to hear your text in a natural sounding voice. I’m going to give this one a try later today as well. I’m also going to look at some other web platforms for writers such as Tablo and Medium. I have not yet been to these sites, or else I would be adding the links on to this post.

I also received a new goody from my sister, a new pendulum with a pretty amethyst. Sometimes having a pendulum for writing can be helpful. Right now I have it on my writing desk with me. I also picked up a new writing guide, “Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative” by Check Wendig. The reason why I picked up this book was that it some great pointers on the back cover of the book. I will be reading this book and will be writing some posts based on the book. The other book that I picked up was more of a business type book, but if I find helpful tips on there for us writer’s I will be adding some of that information as well.

The past weekend was really about me focusing on my business and getting some idea of what information writers need. Therefore, I will be sharing some of that information with you all as part of my pledge to help writers with their writing. I learned some new things and that it is great too, for it shows that I do not know everything but at the same time I know some things that other writers don’t know either. This is one of the great things that can come from being part of a community is that we can learn from each other and get new ideas on how to do things.

I hope that you had a great weekened as well, and I hope that you have a fantastic writing day.

Today was a Good day!

Today, was a good day here at Faerie Rose Press. I got my first unoffical client that I got to help with on his writing. So if you haven’t guessed, I took somewhat I wrote yesturday to heart and took a giant leap forward when I said that I would help someone with their writing project.

This comes under the heading of helping others in the writing community, which can sort of be looked as doing community service. As much as we as writers need to focus on our own writing, we also need to help our fellow authors with their writing projects. I feel that taking that step was a huge accomplishment for myself, for a long time that I was terribly shy. But as I continue to come out of my shell, and I feel that I can accomplish more.

One way that I can say for certain that I came out of the shy shell was getting into the alpaca and llama industry, and when I started doing the shows and showing what I have learned from raising them I have come out of that shell, and in some ways if I wasn’t out of my shell then I wouldn’t have mustered up the courage to help my fellow writer, which I found on Facebook.

The other way that this was a good day, was when I looked at my stats for this site, I saw that I got two views from people in India, for me that was awesome. It was just as awesome as seeing the fews from those that are across the US and Australia. So all in all, today was a good day for me at Faerie Rose Press.

Also on the marketing front, I have created an account on Goodreads, and I will be soon starting a Youtube channel. Yes, things are happening, but it’s awesome, for I feel that I’m making strives in what I want to accomplish my business, and one of those items was to help someone with their writing project.

I hope you all had a great Friday too!