The other day, I shared this quote:
“Leo took a deep breath, and sang. ‘She was burned by blind hate, then reborn out of the fire. Her charm and darkness keeps me safe; my haunting slayer, my sweet, my dire.’
I moaned and swayed as Leo chanted the lines that had awakened my mythical powers. I summoned the memory of the first evening my magic had manifested. I was seventeen, Leo’s voice streaming out of my stereo, my hands touching all the places that had been warmed by the sound of his words. Eight years ago, my mirror and every glass item in my room had exploded when I did.” ~ Pre-Chaos (WIP)
Because quoting my work in progress can be as satisfying as exploding mirrors… almost ;-)
A Wicked Darling left a comment, asking, “Dear heart, are you not worried of idea or story thieving? Since I timidly joined FB, I am concerned for many of my creative talents. This has concerned me more and more as I (simple northern crone) has seen reproduction after reproduction, even the slightest, but still...... Just a wonder? Xoxo”
I said that “A nasty thief (a leech)might be able to steal a quote (or three), but they can’t get inside my head and tell the story the way I will tell it. I used to be afraid of sharing, but now I refuse to stop being me just because our world breeds a bit of scum. I will do what makes me happy and will share my progress (I find it inspiring), and if some low life, pile of non-imaginative dung reaches for something that belongs to me... well, they will have to live with the fact that they are less than yesterday’s putrid garbage after it was eaten by the dog and vomited in the gutter.
...um, I might feel a bit strong about the topic LOL”
A Wicked Darling who started blogging very recently, told me, “You make me want to be brave. I’m thinking about publishing part of one of my stories on my blog. Maybe all of it, as soon as see what is safe to show to people.”
I sent her Rhissanna’s comment: “Mr N [another writer] and I have similar worries [plagiarists’ nasty habits]. I’m ok with passages and extracts, it’s putting out a synopsis we won’t do.”
I think the latter is excellent advice for writers who share their work online. I’ve shared quotes, blurbs, web serials… and I love doing it. I know it’s not completely safe—there are people out there who wouldn’t recognize ethics if it kicked them in the teeth and called them nasty names.
I’ve had a few of my things stolen. It hurts and infuriates me every time. Will that keep me from sharing my writings online? Nope; the thrill of reading that someone enjoys something I wrote is a lot more powerful than any emotion a plagiarist might evoke in me.
Still, I’m careful with what I publish online. I never forget that the price of exposure is exactly that—I’m exposed… to the encouragement that comes from great people and to the malice that oozes from thieving piles of non-imaginative dung.
Your thoughts, my Wicked Luvs…
|Carnival of Bones by SunshineShelle|
Her heart is exposed, but she isn’t afraid of having a good time…