Don’t Let Plagiarism Derail Your Writing Career
by Joanne Troppello
How unique are you in your writing tone and style? Have you ever done research for a book or copywriting project and thought that your own copy might be too similar to the information you researched?
To be a successful blogger, writer, or author, you need to accurately assess your work to make sure you haven’t fallen prey to plagiarism. Make sure that your research process includes steps to prevent you from crossing the line and copying someone else’s work—even if only by accident or even if only copying their idea. Both are considered plagiarism. Don’t ruin your writing career by plagiarizing.
What is Plagiarism
When you appropriate another person’s “language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions” as your own without proper citations, you have plagiarized. Pay close attention to these words: language, thoughts, ideas, and expressions.
Plagiarism is serious. Even if you use another writer’s ideas as your own, that’s wrong. Imagine how you would feel if someone took your hard work from your blog, website, book, or other platform and called it their own work.
Now, don’t get nervous and start mentally reviewing all of your writing. Simply make sure that you always properly cite any sources such as quotes, statistics, or other information so you don’t plagiarize anyone. If you did plagiarize and got caught, that would seriously, negatively impact your writing career.
You will lose all professional credibility. Any hopes you had of working with a copywriting company like Content Writers or Copywriters will be gone. Be warned that severe cases of copyright infringement may involve imprisonment and having any professional degrees or licenses revoked.
Take Proactive Steps
Remember the most important part of this article is that plagiarism is more than simply copying someone’s content verbatim.
Consider the following steps to help you avoid plagiarizing when writing your next blog, article, book, or website content. It is imperative to correctly utilize citations and quotation marks.
· Use accurate citation when quoting content.
· Retain the author’s meaning when paraphrasing content.
· Don’t ever directly copy content without proper quotation marks or citations
Be Uniquely You
Many authors may dislike discussing the topic of plagiarism. However, it is better to be informed so you can create your own action plan to ensure that you never plagiarize, even without realizing it.
Don’t think that ignorance is bliss in this circumstance. Take complete responsibility for your work as a blogger, writer, or author.
Don’t be lazy. Diligently research and write in a way that avoids plagiarism at all costs. Fully understanding plagiarism will help you avoid committing it and allow you to freely create.
Take a look at these factors that can help you stay unique in your writing.
Guidelines – Follow the rules when citing, paraphrasing, and maintaining the integrity of the author’s contextual meaning.
Note-Taking – Take better notes on paper or digitally to ensure accurate records of content you are using in your own work.
Get Creative – Don’t automatically turn to research first. Write what you know. Get your own ideas and writing strategy in order, and then research facts, statistics, and quotes to add. Don’t forget to properly site sources.
Ok, so take a deep breath. You can do this. As bloggers, writers, and authors, we can write our own unique content and avoid plagiarism.
Have you taken steps in your own writing career to avoid plagiarism and be uniquely you in your tone and content?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter.