Has anyone else out there ever had an idea stolen by a friend or colleague? Or maybe had a coworker take credit for something that you actually did at work? I sure have. More times than I care to count. It’s a jungle out there. Okay so maybe some of it dates back to elementary school, but it still haunts me to this day. Call it baggage or perhaps a small case of paranoia if you will. Like the old adage says, “Once bitten twice shy.”
Sometimes I think I really need to get over it…but it’s hard.So how does this pertain to writing? Sadly I now fear going to a publisher or having a face to face. I fear that they are going to give my brilliant (or very poor) book pitch to another, more popular and marketable client. I even have a fear of going to a writers conference, or being in a writing group, because someone there…with more time and talent…will take my story and run with it. Am I completely nuts?
Look what happened to the mastermind/creator of the Facebook concept! This worries me.
How many times have you seen two different movie studios come out with almost the same movie within a year? (Insert answer here.)
So I now refuse to share my WIPs, and I believe it is retarding my growth as a writer. I must learn to trust at some point. Honestly I cannot think of a single person whom I can completely confide in. Every single friend I have has another friend of equal value, or a spouse, with whom they share information freely.
Contracts are broken every day…as are confidences. Not always maliciously…but broken nonetheless.
So I stay holed up like a hermit. My flash drives under lock and key. My passwords thankfully encrypted and changed regularly. The funny thing is that I am just a run-of-the-mill, stay at home mom. That being said….if there are indeed any safe places to go, I would love to know. I will need to emerge from my shell at some point.