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LinguoFranco wrote: ↑
Mon 06 Aug 2018, 03:53
I want to present a magic system I'm working on for a critique, but I'm concerned about people stealing my ideas.
Looks like you're in a bit of a pickle! You want a critique of something, but it seems you don't want the critique bad enough to post here on account of trade secrets being stolen.
Your concern is 100% legitimate. If your idea is good, it is certainly "borrow" worthy! Even if it's just someone here who likes some motif and fits it into their own work.
All I can say is if you want the critique bad enough, you'll suck up your concerns and post enough of your idea to give a good critique, or send it privately to a couple different folks. I'm happy to take a look at it privately if you like.
If we stuff the whole chicken back into the egg, will all our problems go away?
--- Wandalf of Angera
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My personal experience is that ideas are a dime a dozen; what really matters is execution. And two people will often take the same core idea and run in two very different ways with it.
I'd say posting your ideas for critique—especially of world aspects or magic systems—you have very little to worry about.
(Posting actual prose, however, does
run the risk of plagiarism, or running afoul of publishers. That's a very different thing)
But, that's my two cents. You're free to post or not post stuff as you please.