I considered not putting this out there – do I really want people to know just how ignorant I am? But in hindsight, it’s really quite humorous, so why not?
When I first started writing two years ago, I was afraid I’d read a book and inadvertently get an idea (steal a plot) to use in my own manuscript. So for the next two years I avoided reading any fiction, especially romance. Or almost as bad, worry I’d see ideas from my own manuscript already in print in someone else’s book, which would likely piss me off and compel me to go back and rewrite the story differently.
Then I learned that not only is it normal to do those things (read a LOT, steal a plot) but almost encouraged. Who knew?
So now that I feel free to read romance books again, I wonder what effect that will have on my time spent writing. Will it be just one more excuse to not be writing? Will I get even more ideas of plots for future manuscripts? Because I already have a notebook full of other ideas just waiting to become a story. I wish I could clone myself and have multiple manuscripts going at once. Too bad I can’t just sell ideas for a living!