Given the number of people looking for the original scene summary I posted, it definitely seems as though it’s inevitable someone is going to “steal” the concept and write a hack screenplay — or whatever. At this point, if the worst happens, the best I can hope for is a credit of some sort. That would definitely help my career long term.
I feel as though I have a window of opportunity. I can see from my access logs that an unusually high number of people are looking for the original first act scene summary I wrote. As I have said, it was inevitable that I would do something like that and obviously I made a mistake.
I am working on a much, much better version of the scene summary now and the only reason why I fear someone won’t steal a march on me is, well, even if you’re a hack and you use what I posted as inspiration, for, say, a movie, it’s going to take you time to write a screenplay and actually produce a movie from it. So, I have some time. Not a lot of time, but enough time that if I write really fast and work really hard, at least I might be able to produce something before a hack version of my idea comes out.
Or maybe not. Nothing is for sure in this life.
I just have to believe in myself. The new version of the scene summary is moving along pretty well and it’s so completely different than what I posted as to be nearly unrecognizable. The general gist of the story is still there — and so some hack could really screw me over if they “stole” the concept using what I posted — but, like I said, I have a little bit of a window of opportunity.
I takes time to produce a movie, no matter how big a hack you are, and so that’s all I can hope for at this point. That’s the only reason why I keep going. I simply don’t know. So, rather than freezing up and not doing anything, I’m going to try to race towards the finish line and see what happens.
Wish me luck.
Well, I guess it’s flattering in its own way. I have deleted the first act scene summary because people were obviously interested in it, and not in a good way. Now I have to worry about a movie being made in an extremely hackish fashion from a scene summary that wasn’t even that good compared to the one I’m writing now.
In a sense, I have only my self to blame, but it was inevitable that I would do something like that. I figure I have a limited window of opportunity to develop the novel and write it before (potentially) a movie pops out from what I wrote. I’m full of angst about that, but I have to use it as an incentive to keep going. If people liked that original scene summary that much, then obviously I’m on the right track. I just hope, if nothing else, I can get an “inspired by a concept by Shelton Bumgarner” once I, like, have to sue people for it.