No need if you take the proper precautions.
Like the tortoise, I’m still plodding along. And for the
A-Z Challenge letter P I’ve chosen
P = Plagiarism
In the words of every kindergarten teacher, “It’s not nice to take what doesn’t belong to you.”
We’ve heard those words from the time we’ve toddled around on unsteady legs and yet many writers are tempted.
Because it’s hard to write something old, to make it fresh and new again. Every story line has been written, every plot told and every secret revealed, somewhere by someone. If it were easy, everyone would write a best-selling novel.
Dictionary.com defines plagiarism as:
- An act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not re-editing the original author:
- A piece of writing or other work reflecting such unauthorized use or imitation.
Whether writing fiction or a research paper, it’s important to avoid copying someone else’s work and fail to give due credit.
Learn to paraphrase and rewrite in your own words. If you must quote, use proper quotes and cite the author and/or publication. Remember, no one likes to be misquoted, and no one likes a thief.