First, go look at my 5 Times A Freelance Writer Should Say ‘NO!’ To A Client. Now look at the image on the left. That’s a screen shot from the post Lori put up on AboutWritingSquared today! (I did the screen shot because as we post more blogs this one will get pushed down. It’s premium content, which means you’ll have to join to read the whole thing.)
It’s as if we were reading each other’s minds.
How writing coincidences happen
How does this happen? Because ideas can’t be copyrighted and ideas are in the air.
Saying ‘no’ to writing clients is a common issue among freelance writers and I suspect if I did a search of Lori’s blog I’d find this wasn’t the only time she’d written about it. Nor will it be, I suspect, the last. It’s a worthy topic.
My post is neither the first nor the last time writing about saying no to clients either.
Okay, but what about the graphic? It comes from Creative Commons and one of two things happened – either Lori found the same graphic. – or I uploaded it to the wrong blog and she found it in the AboutWritingSquared graphic library. It doesn’t matter, it could happen to anyone and it’s a great picture for both articles.
Now, if I’d found this post this week on a blog that had been written by someone I don’t know well, I might have thought they ripped off the idea, and the graphic would have increased my angst.
But I know Lori and have for years. She’s had my back all the way, as I’ve had hers. I know in my heart and down to my toes she did not rip me or my idea off! Period.
Sure we try to read each other’s blogs regularly, but we’re both short on time – I can’t tell you how many of her posts I’ve missed.
The problem with jumping to conclusions
Off and on I’ve heard other bloggers say they’ve been ripped off for ideas by other bloggers. I’m sure it happens, but I’ve wanted a way to point out that it may not be so. Some may call me a Pollyanna, but unless the content is scraped or exactly the same, I don’t suspect the worst.
Unwittingly Lori has given me the perfect opportunity to demonstrate that coincidences really do happen. If we’d planned… but we didn’t.
(I just got an email from her offering to change the graphic, and it turns out I did upload it to the wrong directory. I’m begging her not to…)
Okay, so what’s your reaction to all this? Tell us in comments.
Write well and often,