as you all know i have a giant crush on my writing class– the entire class. i love it. it’s great because i think the dynamic is wonderful and people seem to be getting pretty comfortable with each other and the discussions are flowing and nobody seems to get defensive.

so i love the class, but it’s tough. what’s tough is that i want to steal all the the stories from my classmates. i want to steal their premises and make them my own. not all of them, i have no desire to write about head-smashers in the amazon that is really only a dream. but a lot of the stories, a lot of the premises i want to make my own, filter through my experience, tell in my voice.

take tonight. scott wrote about a blind date. i was funny, but sort of pedestrian, lots of telling, not so much showing. but there were bits there, bits of wonderfulness. hinting at the pressure to couple up, the awkwardness of first dates, so much great potential.

now i want to make it mine.

which isn’t fair. so i will see if i can let it go and leave the story to him. i’m hoping i can.

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  1. Joots 31.Oct.03 at 9:06 am

    It’s funny you should say this, because I just sent off my first bit of competition writing knowing that at one time there was a problem with someone in the organization who was pilfering the ideas of young writers and using them him/herself. Clearly this is a violation. Your concern, though, I wouldn’t worry about too much. Unless you plan to steal the “twist”, you can’t feel guilty because someone placed an idea in front of you that you find appealing. Chances are, the second you started writing it would become something else entirely anyhow. I know what you mean, though. I did that a lot in class, too. I wanted to help them along in what I thought was only an obvious direction. Eventually I did learn to let go, and used it as inpsiration to edit my own work more closely.

    Glad you’re still lovin’ it. I’m so proud of you! 🙂

  2. Dana 31.Oct.03 at 10:23 am

    Take it anyway. Just publish it here where we can read it. It’s not like no one ever wrote a story about a blind date before. Well… there was that one movie… um. What was it called?? Damn. It’ll come to me later.

    I digress. Just don’t publish it in front of the class.

  3. keith 31.Oct.03 at 12:00 pm

    should we assume that any email we might send your way is also prone to this stealer that lurks in your heart? yikes! from now on, i’m typing everything to you with only my left hand. this distraction alone should keep my one good idea safely in my head.

    i guess it would look something like this:

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  4. keith 31.Oct.03 at 12:27 pm

    ok. obviously that won’t work. leaves me looking too much like someone angry about groceries and posting three years too late.

    i guess i’ll just send you all of my ideas and live vicariously.

  5. Thomas 31.Oct.03 at 12:34 pm

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, yet plagurism is frowned upon.

    Don’t think of it as stealing, simply say that it was “inspired by a story by Scott from my class”. You can get away with murder that way.


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