Plagiarism is one of the much talked topics from the world of literature. It is never always intentional. At times, one might just think in a way that would match the words of another author and hence can be called for copying. As rare as it may occur, it actually is true, sometimes the writers can think alike and thus whatever they produce will have a similar impact. However, straight forward copy paste comes in the category of plagiarism and is strictly prohibited so it should be avoided for the better quality of work.
There are many ways through which one can convey the exact same thoughts as penned by another author and would not copy paste it directly in one’s own article/written piece.
1. One of the best ways is paraphrasing that has been repeatedly discussed and stressed upon. In this technique the writer doesn’t copy the same words already written and is also able to share his point of view. This way has been proven very fruitful in the literary world and works wonders when there are long pieces to be taken into consideration.
2. Quoting makes one quote the words of the author in the exact same manner without altering them or the thoughts being conveyed by them. It is done by putting the words of another writer in commas so they are highlighted.
3. Brainstorming for generating unique ideas is an informal way but it is also one of the most effective ones to enable a writer for incorporating newer ideas and dimensions into his writings. It helps the writer to take inspiration from relevant content and come up with own ideas.
4. Reading can also help the writer to go through similar material and finally get an insight into the though process of others that will further help him/her to polish own ideas and generate quality content.
5. Referencing is a much simpler way. It helps the writer to give references from where the material has been taken and hence, this way, no direct copying can be claimed.
Plagiarism should be avoided however taking inspiration from others’ work has no harm and can improve thoughts of others as well.