A friend. A gamer his whole life and voracious fiction/mostly-sci-fi reader. Tired of games and very tired of the old style feel-good harmonious earth wins sci-fi we were raised on. Now in his later life he has tried writing. A few times... At issue is the usual, "I write a few paragraphs or get a chapter or two in and it stops..." thing. He obviously needs to look a bit further in the story crafting/directions to use. A tool box development. However, the suggestions of a writing group are met with, "If I do that, then they'll steal my ideas you see..." When I mention an article or book on crafting a story or even outlining (for those that do) he's resistant to consider that. The mere mention of outline begins talk about that's what publishers want, an outline, and then there’s marketing to think about and.... Now, he's not thinking about being successful before writing a single word. It's just the spiraling loops of thought and how everything boils down to not seeking help or outside assistance for improving for fear of idea theft or resisting what others have done and of course hes a different person. I'm about to tell him to sacrifice one of his fabulous amazing ideas to the process of learning how to finish a story draft. That's huge and will start him along I think. thoughts?