S9E4 – Plagiarism

There are some crimes people can commit that aren’t punishable by law. This series is dedicated to those involved with writing, whether they be committed by the author or the readers. To be clear, this series isn’t designed to help writers better create crimes (murder, theft, etc.) within their novels. The kinds of crimes we’ll talk about range from boring the readers to abusing the control you have over the book and characters.

A writing crime that happens to be an actual crime is plagiarism. Many new authors worry their stories are too similar to ones they’ve read, and are unsure when it crosses from inspiration to plagiarism. This episode talks about the difference: how inspiration is good for all authors and how actual plagiarism is actually very uncommon.

First aired April 13, 2020.

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I'm an editor and cover designer for AspenHouse Publishing. I am also a host for AspenHouse's poscast, Writing Roots.

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