I use to tell people about my ideas because my stories and story ideas have always had a philosophical bent. I picked that idea up from watching interviews with Wes Craven were he explained where Freddy Krueger came from and the whole idea of going out doors to escape reality. It made me realize that wow a story can have philosophical underpinnings. I adopted that idea ever since. So I'd tell people about these story ideas I had because it was like discussing my philosophies or curiosities with them. Then I watched a movie called Dreamscape which had a similar plot to A Nightmare on Elm Street (it came out before A Nightmare on Elm Street) and had the villain wearing knives for fingers in one scene. It seemed very unoriginal compared to A Nightmare on Elm Street and I wondered if Wes Craven had told the writer or director about the plot of his script which he shopped around and maybe that idea was stolen or maybe he told it to someone who knew Wes and the creator of Dreamscape and the idea was stolen maybe by accident or intentionally. It made me wonder if I should talk about my ideas as a writer because what if someone steals my idea verbatim or elements of my idea? I guess it's an irrational fear, but one lady told me that she only tells people the bare essentials of her story ideas without giving the finer details. When I ask questions about my story I don't like to talk about the broader story, but the elements that I need to fix a specific plot point. Does anyone else do this? It's okay if you think my paranoid irrational fear makes me sound dumb or silly. I'm not arrogant. I don't think I'm the greatest writer in the world (I have humility), but if I'm onto something I don't want to risk losing it. I guess that makes me a selfish person.