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Ask A Question Thursday

February 28, 2019


What do you think is the most unethical practice in the writing community?

Is it plagiarism, ‘vanity’ publishing companies, copyright violations or something else?

What is your view or experience?


Last weeks question:

Have any of your past loves inspired characters in your books? 

Did you tell them?

What aspect of the relationship did you use?


No. I don’t like to kiss and tell.

I’m sure you will join me in asking the obvious question of Pamela! Oh do tell….!


Please comment in the section below for today’s question. If you would like to contribute to another Thursday question please go to that blog post and comment there.

Thank you

Stealing is NOT Cool…

May 2, 2013

Provisodefinition: a stipulation or condition Unfortunately some of us have been the victim of plagiarism. The definition –  Plagiarism is the “wrongful appropriation” and “purloining and publication” of another author‘s “language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions,” and the representation of them as one’s own original work PlagiarismWordle However, this definition only skims the surface of the hurt, anger and frustration a writer feels when their hard work and endeavors are wrongfully stolen. Many of us have warnings on our blogs and websites in the hope to deter these parasites. Whoever steals has no moral fiber in my book. I have recently applied a new safeguard called Copyscape but of course there are numerous other systems you can use. Have you got one or two you would recommend? This article raises some questions as well as answers others but is geared to screenplays and movie scripts primarily. However the tips are quite useful. This super graphic is from: Another link gives tips as well: Recently I was inspired by a fellow blogger’s photographs of a series of windows. Before I even wrote a word or posted anything I asked permission to use them. The windows inspired a short story, which can be found on 26th April. It is a matter of courtesy apart from anything else to ask the artist if they are willingly to let you use their work, whether it is visual, written or otherwise. Quotations must be attributed to their source and so should any work you are siting. Let’s protect each other and report any stolen work as soon as we discover it. Our community is strong, we can defeat the thieves.

A simple graphic explaining the differences be...

A simple graphic explaining the differences between plagiarism and copyright issues (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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