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Is it wrong for a writer to ask for others' plots for inspiration?

Asked by Mimishu1995 (4653 points ) December 16th, 2013

I remember reading a question on Yahoo!Answer like this: “I want to write a story. What kind of plots can you give me?”. There was an answer saying: ”...you shouldn’t ask for others’ plot like this. It’s like asking someone to let you steal their ideas.” At first I didn’t agree with that answer because I thought the asker was simply asking for help. But now when I thought back, I became rather suspicious that the answerer was right. So who is right, the asker or the answerer?

By the way, I’m doing military service at the moment, and this is one of those rare time when I have access to the internet. So I don’t have much time to go to Fluther right now. My military service will be over in half a month.

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