Writing Good Essays: do not plagiarize

Plagiarizing an essay is not only the wrong thing to do, it is illegal. When you plagiarize, you are taking artistic or creative license from someone else. People are owners of their own words, and when you impede on their ownership you are breaking the law. In extreme scenarios, it is possible to face lawsuits if you are plagiarizing someone else’s work. This has happened many times, and can happen to you as well if you are caught. This is a clear rule in which all writers must adhere to - if not for legal reasons, for moral reasons.

Getting Caught

Perhaps in history, it was easier to plagiarize materials without being caught because there was not the technology to fact check. In today’s modern world, it is easier to get caught more than ever. There are various websites that exist the ensure plagiarizing does not happen. When the writings are entered in the website, it searches for similar writings in an unlimited database that exists on the internet. With this advancement, more people than ever are getting caught for plagiarism and are paying the consequences. Be wary of paraphrasing other material, because that is considered plagiarism as well. The best way to avoid plagiarism is the write your own material without looking at other pieces of work while you are writing. If you are unsure whether what you are writing is not unique enough, read through your version again and see how you can change the passage to sound more like your voice. If there are any doubts that you have original material, it is best to take precaution and rewrite what you have.

Writing Your Own Material

By not plagiarizing, you are not only doing the right thing, but as far as writers are concerned- the only way to write. Plagiarizing is absolutely not an option. With that being said, instead focus on your own writing skills. The more confident you feel in your own writing voice, the less you will be looking towards other’s words. Also by developing your own talents, this is yet another outlet for you to express your opinions and research. Do not consider writing your own materials a time consuming handicap- rather, it is another opportunity to further determine your own stance regarding a particular topic. So many times in life we are confronted with things that are already made for us- movies, television shows, video games- but with writing, it is your chance to create something meaningful, so do not take short cuts.

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