(n) the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.
Plagiarism is a very serious issue and one that all writers have to be wary of. Sometimes it can be difficult to decide if you are writing something that is completely original and your own idea, or if someone else has written down this same idea elsewhere.
In most books, or actually in nearly all pieces of writing, there will be sentences and phrases that will be exactly the same as in another piece of text. This cannot be avoided and is something that writers, readers, and competition judges understand and appreciate.
However, in certain situations, writers choose to use pieces of other people’s work and pass this work off as their own. This is not tolerated and should be avoided at all times.
Instead, if you find that you are struggling to write your own stories or poetry, or any text that you want to share with the world, seek help and guidance! Join a local Creative Writing group, ask your teacher or tutor for ideas, and use your own imagination to write down the things that you want to say, not what someone else has already said.
We know that it can be difficult when you want to gain recognition for your work, but would you feel the same joy and excitement if you knew that you had gained it by using someone else’s words?