A lot of people are keen to talk to writers about ideas.
Someone will approach us at a convention, look at our books, then say something like, “I’ve got this killer idea about a hitman who is actually doing the bidding of his psychic cat, and the targets are all aliens bent on taking over the world, and only the cat knows about it.”
The writer will smile and nod in an effort to be polite (because, really, we’re just hoping the nutball will buy a book), and invariably the craziness will be followed by this gem: “You can have that idea, I don’t know how to write.”
Look, we’re writers. Generating ideas is what we do. We are passionate about our ideas, and this is what leads us to get them onto the page. In instances where we do write someone else’s ideas, then that person pays us to be passionate about their ideas. It’s called work for hire. Or ghost writing. Straight-up contract work for pure financial gain.
Ideas are not money. People being paid for an idea alone is a rarity, even in Hollywood. In those rare instances, the idea is coming from someone with a track record of moneymakers, not some random guy at a convention.
Execution of ideas is money. Books, comics, even spec film scripts, all require effort. This is why writing is considered a profession. Execution of ideas is our job.
You do your job, we’ll do ours.