Seriously, though, you'll be reading a book or a review and one of the following things will happen:
- The completely unique name you spent hours coming up with and have never seen anywhere else before -- is now on the page in front of you.
- That awesome idea you came up with last night/last month/five years ago is unfolding before your eyes -- in someone else's story.
- The amazing title you have finally, finally hit upon for your WIP (the title everyone is going to be talking about) is advertised as being released this year -- and you're not the author.
- The incredible cover art you've always imagined for your epic masterpiece is now gracing someone else's book -- because that someone else used mind control and pinched it from your totally awesome brain!
So what do you do then? Give up? Or ignore it and carry on? (My Twilight is totally gonna be better than her Twilight... They'll all love mine when it's finally finished...) A number of times I've seen an idea in another book that I've already written into my WIP and I get bummed, but then I think of it like this: I've used ideas here and there that are similar to ideas in other already-published stories, but when I put all those ideas together in my story, it's different.
Right now my biggest worry is this: I've finally decided on a title that I really like (and then saw that a forthcoming book has a title that's almost like an exact opposite! That was my Damn, are you serious? moment!) and now I'm just hoping that someone doesn't "pinch" my title and publish it before I do!
What about you? Have you had one of these moments? What did you do?