I've been told that there are only so many ideas out there. So many plots. So many words. So many heroes and so many heroines. Of course, I was immune to this. My idea was new. Never been done. Fresh. Amazing.
Conceited much? Sometimes. But there's always something out there that will bring me back from the land of Conceitville. This time it was in the form of one of my favorite authors.
Here's the deal. I'm writing a paranormal. In my paranormal there are immortals. Many different species of immortals. Some get along. Many don't. I had a word for all the different species. Something they called each other. At first I thought the word was lame, but it grew on me. I thought I was having a genius moment. Until this weekend.
I happened to be reading the latest release by this author and about 10 pages in, she used MY word. I blinked, re-read, blinked some more and then shouted, "OH NO!". This couldn't be. That was my idea. My word. I was seriously in panic mode.
Since then it's been explained to me that several (lots) of writers have used this word. Guess I'm no genius after all. This time anyway. Now I'm on a mission to create a word. One that I'm sure no one will have ever used. I'll do it. I swear.
Anything like this ever happen to you? Anyone ever stolen your idea before you even had the chance to share yours?
SIS Barb aka Elle J Rossi