John He Wrote Essay

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Do you remember when you were at school, and you were asked to do a project for homework, about which you knew nothing about? Back in those days, for me, the internet was non-existent and I had to be cunning if I wanted to plagiarise without getting caught. When I was about seven, I won a short story competition. I was very proud, but also very scared. I was scared because I lifted the entire concept, and even some of the words, from Enid Blyton. Back then, she was a goddess to me, and I couldn’t think of anything to write, so I let Aunty Enid do the hard work for me. I never got caught, but I learned a lot. I learned that losing sleep for fear of getting rumbled is a bad thing. I also learned that plagiarism is fine, as long as you do it properly. There is no original writing… There’s an old idea out there that Shakespeare (or Bacon, depending upon your view) wrote every story imaginable, and all literary output since that point has been a form of plagiarism. When you think about it, it makes sense. We only have a finite number of words which we can lay done in any particular order as writers. Perhaps being an original writer these days is tougher than ever before, because more words are recorded online, under copyright, and we need to find new and interesting ways to present our ideas without repeating the work of others. There are two ways, to my mind, of cheating well when we write. The first is to be honourable and use direct quotations, citing references and sources just as we did at university. This is safe, and makes you sleep well, and also makes you smile as you see large chunks of your word count being attributed to someone else, legally. However, there is a more satisfying way of cheating with your writing. Learning to cheat with finesse My favourite way of cheating is a skill in itself. You go online and do your research, learn

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