Discussion in 'Writing and Prose' started by Grimm Hund, Jun 22, 2017.
How does one ask for help with an idea without the same idea potentially being stolen?
You've gotta have a bit of trust that the person you're talking with won't steal the idea, or you can have then sign an NDA or something like it. Either way, there's no guarantee it'll prevent it. Just be careful if who you talk it over with.
Also bear in mind that ideas are ultimately a dime a dozen. Until you have something substantial based on that idea, you can't really claim it for yourself.
You can always be sneaky and ask broad questions related to the idea instead. It's difficult to give an example without knowing the nature of the idea you mean. Like when you ask a friend what they think about X in stories, where X is related to what you need help with.
I've found the more you make stuff, the less you worry about ideas being stolen. Two people can take the same idea and produce two very different works based on it. It's all in the execution. The details, style, theming, personality, focus--all of that is difficult to copy. It's an interesting topic.
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