Protecting your work or perfecting your work

I guess we’ve all gone through that paranoid phase when we suspect that everyone out there wants to steal the paradigm-shiftingly brilliant idea/gag/gameshow format/haiku that has just hit us between the eyeballs, but it seems to be part of maturing as a writer that you move from being afraid that the person you have just sent your latest work of genuis to will steal it and become a multi billionaire in your place, to being afraid that they won’t read it.

The truth is, most writers work, most of the time doesn’t need much protecting from potential theives, if anything we’d almost pay people to read it. Much better to spend your time writing something else brilliant than wrapping up your one and only idea in cotton wool for fear of it being stolen.

In other words, don’t worry, write more.