When a spouse, significant other, relative, friend...is discussing some topic, and then come out with a "I thought of writing a book about that." Do you even discuss that idea? My back story here to this is such a situation. My hubby, albeit is a smart man who could possibly write a book, and I were talking about something...a current event and a "what if" scenario of the future if that were to play out "this way." And he tells me that he thought of writing a book about said subject. It was kind of cool at first because we were both on the same page with the idea. Things went down hill when I stated my opinion on how said story might be written. He started describing to me the idea for the plot line, and my response was "Well wouldn't it be better if... fill in with my idea." He then got defensive, like I was saying his idea was crap, but I didn't actually say that, I just had a differing of opinion about where to start the storyline, less backstory, more immediate action. Now, my husband, smart as he is, hasn't read a book in about 10 years (fiction anyway.) While in high school and during our first year or so together, he did read a lot. But, it was a very narrow genre of realistic style military fiction, One Shot, One Kill comes to mind as his favorite. I've never read this style of book, but it does have a lot of narrative summery in it (not a kind I like.) Of course, my husband's idea would be similar to this, more of an overview of a story, not a ton of characterization, and lots of action and suspense. I hate to come off as a know-it-all when I talk to him about writing, but that seems to be how I come off. And the arrogance to this next statement almost makes me feel ashamed -- While he was talking I couldn't help myself from thinking "I could write this better than you could." Wow, I know, egotistical right?! Is it better to just sit and keep your mouth shut when someone close to you starts talking about writing a book. A book you are pretty sure they will never writing. And in thinking that, might you pilfer their storyline at some point in the future? I can imagine if I wrote the story, my husband would be irritated...lol...especially if I sold it! Ethically, is it really wrong to take an initial plotline, and setting idea and create something with it, if you didn't come up with it alone? Just my rambling thoughts while drinking my cappuccino.