Being a passionate fan of the written word, there are few things that tick me off more than plagiarism. It is essentially theft and the lowest of the low in terms of academic dishonestly. But with that being said, there is one big problem that by it’s very nature keeps growing with each and every paper written.
People can and do accidentally plagiarize.
It’s been stated that there are really no original ideas just original was of stating them. So, as much as some people may try, there is bound to be some overlap between content on occasion. And, with more and more content coming out each year, the chances for overlap increases.
My view is to always use your own words and if somehow they overlap, the differences in the majority of the writing will be obvious enough that any reasonable individual will realize it was not intentional and thus not plagiarism.
If you’ve never heard the terms “Blackout Poetry,” this post has something cool in store for you.
No, Blackout Poetry doesn’t have anything to do with drunkenness as the sillier readers might have assumed. It’s all about a process that sounds simple but is actually quite complex.
As the artist that goes by Inducto calls it, the idea is to black out pages of text leaving only specific terms and phrases that create a new story.
Check out some of her work on Patreon and in the pictures here:
If you have checked into getting any of your art or writing as being your copyright under the Library of Congress, you have probably notice that it can be expensive to do so. While technically, the moment you put pen to paper or make your work accessible in any tangible form, it is your property, it is not always so easy to prove it in court. So, what are your alternatives? Poor man’s copyright.
This technique, although not as official as the Library of Congress registration method, can help if you find yourself in a legal bind.
For written or physical materials:
Print a copy of your content and place it in an envelope or some other form of package and send it to yourself my postal mail. When it comes back to you, don’t open it unless needed in a legal battle as that the postmark on the package or envelop will indicate a date that will work as proof of copyright.
For digital materials:
While I’m not totally sure if this one applies, I assume it would make sense based on the aforementioned method.
Keep a record of your files and be able to show the creation date in your properties. Sure, the date modified will change but this will remain the same so long as you retain the original.
At one moment split
At another I’m whole
While an ongoing battle
Rages in my soul
Is this too much for me?
I sometimes think so
But at others the fight in me
Screams out “hell no”
It’s a torture of sorts
A test, this is sure
But one I must face
For relief to secure
Now knowing all this
What do I do from here?
I do not run from the world
But rather destroy my fear
This is the third post in a series on Google Plus and Facebook groups dedicated to writers and photographers. Here you will be introduced to several online, social groups that can benefit their members in a number of ways.
Part three, Facebook author groups
Book Promotion & Ideas
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KDP eBook Promotion and Review Exchange
Kindle Book Review Exchange
Promote Your Book
This is the first post in a series on Google Plus and Facebook groups dedicated to writers and photographers. Here you will be introduced to several online, social groups that can benefit their members in a number of ways.
First up Google Plus author groups
Blog Writers United
I’m A Blogger!
Promote Your Blog
Writers of Google+