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Plagiarism—Don't Do It!
Sometimes people really want to be able to boast, "Hey, I'm a writer!" But they don't want to do the work of writing themselves—and so they plagiarize someone else's work instead. (Plagiarism means taking another person's writing and passing it off as your own—either word-for-word, or changing a few phrases here and there to try to make it look different.)
It doesn't happen often, but it happens. I know, because I've seen my own work plagiarized, and it's not a happy feeling. (Nor did it turn out well for the university student who plagiarized my published story, Reality School: In the Entropy Zone. It ended her university career.)
Whether you're writing a work of fiction, or a report for school, or an article for a newspaper, or any other form of original writing—if you plagiarize someone else's work, you're stealing. It's as simple as that.
Three reasons why you shouldn't plagiarize
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