10 Advantages Of Stealing Concepts

I was going to write sequel post to yesterday’s post today, but it’s Friday so I allocated less time for my blog and I felt weird starting it, so I’ll think it through and if it’s really worth writing I’ll give it some more work. The purpose of the lists is to come up with a number of ideas but I feel I don’t probably follow the exercise, regardless I’ll make it my own.

And on the subject of making ideas one’s own, there’s this. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I read a lot of fiction, and recently I’ve noticed how derivative and referencing a lot of it is. The frequency with which, fictional cultures, species, powers, and concepts get repeated is honestly astounding. Especially since I tend to be picky (I’m not picky about genre I have other measurements ) about what I read. So here’s a list 10 advantages of stealing concepts.

  1. Audience Familiarity – Why call it something new if it produces a similar result.
  2. If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it.
  3. Time – it takes time to come up with ideas.
  4. Context – if your focus is elsewhere just use surrounding structures that feel normal or samey, they won’t draw as much attention away from your story.
  5. Subversion – it’s all in the name.
  6. Hide In Plain Sight – if it’s normal and familiar they won’t notice, until the effects are large enough. Or until someone points it out.
  7. Audience Theft – think different brands of ketchup. Ketchup as a tomato paste this is also ketchup.
  8. Comedy – if you move the concept in the way you steal it some will ignore the fact that you’re doing the same thing.
  9. Claim Similarly – call it a genre or a sub-genre. Share some base assumptions.
  10. Brake Off – sometimes you don’t want to be associated with a certain genre so replace some terms and concepts with one’s belonging to a different genre.

Sorry for the lack of editing and formatting in this one, my computer died (I’ll see if I can revive it) and I had to work on my phone.

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