As with any skill, the only way to improve one’s writing is to write often.
By merely copying and pasting the words of others, one cannot learn how to effectively string words together and express thoughts, feelings and opinions, whether the writing task is a class assignment, an email or a professional manuscript.
“Plagiarism can cause students to get kicked out of schools, journalists to lose their jobs, songwriters to be hit with plagiarism lawsuits, and politicians to losing their elected or appointed positions.
I think that is what the message is: create good habits and don’t steal other people’s work.- Renee Robins“Writing in your own words saves you, as a student, a lot of embarrassment and low grades.
When copying the words of someone else, nothing new is created and nothing is contributed to the larger discussion.
While it is critical to quote and reference the work of others, the part that is one’s own words is the part that adds value to the conversation and builds upon the work of others rather than merely repeating it.That makes it impossible to help the students learn and become better in the subject.To succeed at writing essays you need to know how to analyse the question and plan the structure.If everyone simply repeated what others have said and discovered before, nothing new would be created, discussed or invented.A change in words and context might help others better understand it, add a new perspective or make a connection that was previously missed.“It is important to write in your own words so that you contribute something new to society.In the midst of the stress, a tight deadline, and a lack of preparedness, students often think that plagiarizing and all its forms--copying and pasting information or changing a few words from an article--is the easiest way out.The consequences of plagiarism can often be severe, such as a student receiving an F for a class or being expelled from school.If everyone copied someone else’s writing, it would be impossible to advance as a society (we’d still be copying each other’s petroglyphs! When you write in your own words, you say something in a new way—perhaps this new way will help someone else understand a topic they didn’t previously understand.”- Shelley Mitchell, Oklahoma State University Regardless of academic or career choices, written communication is almost certainly an essential component.Email, social media, blogging and online communities have increased the amount most people write socially and professionally.As students progress in their academic and professional careers, the consequences of plagiarism similarly increase in their magnitude, including loss of career, legal and financial repercussions.Perhaps the most compelling reason to write originally right now is to shape the good habits and work ethic necessary to be successful in the future.