There are some events that have happened throughout the past years that I only feel my fellow writers will understand.
Maybe I'm being too sensitive, too irritated, too any and everything.
But I'd love to hear your thoughts.
First of all, has anyone ever had their words taken? I know it's so easy to be inspired by other people and we're encouraged to read and analyze to learn more...but there has to be a point where it's not okay, right?
A couple of years ago, a fellow classmate confessed that he stole one of my poems to write his own. I didn't know how to react so I just kept my distance (and poetry) away from him. There were a couple of other similar instances that occurred with people outside of school. No hard feelings; everyone makes mistakes.
Now, I see versions of my blog thoughts and recent essay in another person's words.
I just keep hoping it isn't a conscious thing. I don't think people are "bad" or have "bad intentions"; while this view has caused a lot of my friends and family to call me too trusting, it's what I believe.
And now, I hesitate over and over before putting anything "out there." What if that appears in another place, yet again? So, I dim my words down.
No, I'm not famous. Or in any sort of demand. But I've been working on this craft for years, am still trying to establish my voice... and for it to just be grasped away by someone else, in tiny or large pieces, hurts.
I'm sorry for being a downer. I try to be positive with my posts but this has been chipping away at me for a while...
Has anything like this ever happened to you? Where do you think the line is drawn?