Inspiration Vs. Plagiarism

All writing is done from some sort or point of inspiration. All of it. From the Bible to blog pieces. Inspiration fuels all of it. But, what JBHarris Writing Services must remind you that writing has three main components: thought, inspiration and process.


What are you going to write about?


What are you going to base your work on?


Putting your thoughts on/in a written or legible medium.

Now, with this clarified, I must remind you of what plaigarism and the three types that are found in academic or creative writing:

plagiarism. noun

the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.


Direct plagiarism: most common; word-for-word copying

Self plagiarism: student submits his or her own previous work, or mixes parts of previous works, without permission from all professors involved.  Self plagiarism:

Mosaic plagiarism: student borrows phrases from a source without using quotation marks, or finds synonyms for the author’s language while keeping to the same general structure and meaning of the original. Sometimes called “patch writing.”

Accidental plagiarism: accidental plagiarism occurs when a person neglects to cite their sources, or misquotes their sources, or unintentionally paraphrases a source by using similar words, groups of words, and/or sentence structure without attribution.

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If you have been asked to create a work for a class, or embarking on the journey of creating an independent creative work, you are in control. You must protect the integrity of your created work! You must protect the integrity of the work you cite!

If you did not create it, you cannot claim it!

As a writer, your first job is to read! From that reading, you are bound to be inspired. If you are a working writer, it doesn’t take much to stimulate your imagination. But I want you to know, with any type of writing, imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery. And never will be.

There is a demonstrable difference between having a work inspire you, and copying that same inspired work. The goal of inspiration is to be stimulated to create. It is a mockery of inspiration if you will make no attempt to create something from your artistic self! It is not inspiration if you just copy the ideas of someone else–claiming their brilliance as your own.

Inspiration is always fuel: your imagination, your talent is the real power. If you plagiarize, where will your voice and power be seen or shown?

There is nothing authentic about stealing the voice out of someone else’s throat? It renders both of you mute!

Audre Lorde said the thing about fire is that you have to be believe that you have it. Inspiration is that fire–plagiarism will always douse it.