Stop Plagiarism: An Open Letter to all the “So-Called” Writers

Here’s what I’ve learned about working in Social Media for 10 years – the internet is full of incredible writers who pour out their soul on paper – and it’s also full of “so-called” writers who TRY to steal that soul and make it their own.

That’s why you’ll often find the plagiarists copy less powerful than the original; they didn’t experience the love, the pain, or the lesson that the original writer pulled.

(Not to leave out photographers, artists, and other incredible content creators, I’m just focusing on writers for now.)

Here’s a simple guide for writers and those who love to post quotes:

  1. If you didn’t write it, don’t publish it with your name on it.
  2. If you didn’t write it, don’t try to re-write it to make it your own. This is also plagiarism.
  3. If you find a quote, poem, thought WITH a name on it – do NOT crop the name off when posting. And if you think that hashtagging the authors’ name in the text will make up for it – it doesn’t. This perpetuates plagiarism.  So often I’ve seen celebrities post quotes with the name cropped off, this could be that they FOUND it that way – please don’t deny a writer recognition.
  4. Use a plagiarism checker.  Like this ONE. It’s so easy.
  5. Use google. It will take you 2 seconds to find the source.

If you see quotes posted without a name, please let the poster know who wrote it, it could be a simple mistake, and if they have any decency in them, they’ll remedy it. If you see a writer whose words are being plagiarized, please let the original writer know so they can take legal action, if necessary.

For all the “so-called” writers out there who plagiarize, you will be found and you will be called out. You’re a thief.

For those who want more information on how to stop plagiarism check out this website I just found: https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/stopping-internet-plagiarism/ 

If you agree with anything that I said, please share this post. We need to support each other, support writers, and help stop intellectual theft.

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Stephanie is President of A Better Today Media & Publishing. She's a Social Media Director, Media & Events Coordinator, Social Media Consultant, and Executive Producer.

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