I hope everyone is doing fabulous on this wintery day. Be sure to throw some Yaktrax on your feet because it is slippery AF out there!
Speaking of slippery, I’ve run into a rather slippery situation these last couple days that I would love to just touch on since this will probably apply to all writers out there. (Although I sincerely hope it doesn’t.)
I’m sure you’re all familiar with the word Plagiarism.
There is a whole website dedicated to the topic of plagiarism. Plagiarism.com provides a lovely definition they found in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary that defines plagiarism as:
“To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own.”
“To use (another’s production) without crediting the source.”
“To commit literary theft.”
“To present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.”
In other words, plagiarising isn’t cool.
I think the best way to avoid plagiarism is to provide proper credit and cite your sources!! Even if you think that nobody will notice or care if you’re using even just a singular sentence you saw somewhere. Lemme let you in on a little secret: They 👏will 👏care👏!
If you’re struggling to find inspiration on your own, I would suggest hittin the town to discover something that is meaningful and cool for you. Plus, stealing the words of another person takes away from your own voice which is distracting to your readers and honestly; you’d hate to see it.
I’ll be the first to admit, it can be tricky to feel inspired during the dead of winter when you’re stuck inside and grasping for any glimpse of motivation.
I think the Five Stairsteps put it best when they said “Ooh-oo child, things are gonna get easier.”
All we can do is hope that winter quickly comes to a close and that we will soon feel inspired on our own.