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Writing will never earn you a paycheck. Only rewriting can do that. Scribble all you want, just be sure and scrub up really well afterward.
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Different Types of Plagiarism--Including the "Self" Kind

Different Types of Plagiarism--Including the "Self" Kind | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

Plagiarism is usually thought of as passing another's thoughts or written work off as one's own. But according to professor Paul Brian's opinion posted on the Internet Humanist Forum, "self-plagiarism, or the recycling of an old work in a new guise" also qualifies as theft since it represents old material as new. "The author is misleading his/her readers," says Brian. "Self-plagiarism is fraud if not outright theft."

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Writer Unboxed » LinkedIn: The Social Media Tool Writers Should Not Ignore

Writer Unboxed » LinkedIn: The Social Media Tool Writers Should Not Ignore | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it
Writer Unboxed about the craft and business of fiction...

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A Propos Mike Daisey: Ode to Fact-Checking

A Propos Mike Daisey: Ode to Fact-Checking | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

The first rule of fact-checking is that everything you read and hear is wrong. Were you to be hired as a fact-checker, as I was in 2007, at Mother Jones—or at the other remaining bastions of fact-checking, mostly a handful of magazines known for their reporting—you would be taught that information couldn't be trusted. It is, rather, presumed fallacious until proved otherwise.

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These Are “-Some” Adjectives

These Are “-Some” Adjectives | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it
The suffix -some has one of three functions.

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Your Use of Pronouns Reveals Your Personality

Your Use of Pronouns Reveals Your Personality | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

The finding: A person’s use of function words—the pronouns, articles, prepositions, conjunctions, and auxiliary verbs that are the connective tissue of language—offers deep insights into his or her honesty, stability, and sense of self. The research: In the 1990s, James Pennebaker helped develop a computer program that counted and categorized words in texts, differentiating content words, which convey meaning, from function words. After analyzing 400,000 texts—including essays by college students, instant messages between lovers, chat room discussions, and press conference transcripts—he concluded that function words are important keys to someone’s psychological state and reveal much more than content words do.


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Gina Stepp's comment, March 23, 2012 1:06 AM
The important caveat is that he says it requires counting and categorizing to determine the difference. The ear alone can't pick it up. Everyone uses a certain concentration of "I" words. Most of us amateurs would probably get derailed trying to analyze each other by the use of pronouns, unless it was undeniably excessive!
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Take Your Characters to Therapy

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To truly empathize with our characters, we need to know why they want the things they desire.


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The self-epublishing bubble

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Ewan Morrison tracks the self-epublishing euphoria of the last five months and argues that we're heading for a painful comedown (Interessant en onderbouwd artikel over een mogelijke ebook-bubble http://t.co/sKSbc8bg...

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20 Simple Tips for Writing a Blog Post that Begs to be Read

20 Simple Tips for Writing a Blog Post that Begs to be Read | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it
On average, 8 out of 10 people will read headline copy, but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest. This is the secret to the power of your title, and why it so highly determines the effectiveness of the entire article.

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UCLA rejects 52 MBA applicants for plagiarism - Fortune Management

UCLA rejects 52 MBA applicants for plagiarism - Fortune Management | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it
All told, UCLA's Anderson school found that 52 MBA candidates were lifting whole paragraphs from other, unattributed sources in their essays. And they are far from the only B-school dealing with the problem.
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Baltimore Sun columnist confesses to recycling passages from old columns | Poynter.

Is it still plagiarism when you plagiarize yourself? Craig Silverman reports, "The column bears the innocuous headline, 'Longtime columnist embarks on new writing path.' I personally think 'Longtime columnist self-plagiarizes, gets to keep writing' is catchier, and more accurate."

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A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Self-Pubbed Author Beware

Every one of them is self-pubbed. In fact, there are only three legacy authors in the Top 30. I count only ten legacy pubbed in the Top 100, and most are brand names.

That's... staggering.

It also doesn't bode well for legacy publishers.

Long ago, I said ebooks aren't a competition. But that only applies when they are affordable. Once an ebook costs over five bucks, readers become choosy. The above list is proof. There are ten ebooks on that list priced more than $4.99.

Bet you can guess which ones. Hint: none of the self-pubbed.


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What ‘Fact-Checking’ Means Online

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An oldie but goodie: If the Web has changed what qualifies as fact-checking, has it also changed what qualifies as a fact?

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Principles of Plain English

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Perspicuous written communication is fundamental in every aspect of human interaction -- or should I say, “Clear writing is important whenever people interact”?

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Plagiarism boot on faculty foot

New Delhi, March 22: A scientific paper published last year by a team of faculty members and researchers at two Indian Institutes of Technology contains material reproduced from a 2007 thesis by a former MTech student.
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How to write like Ian Fleming | Insider writing advice

How to write like Ian Fleming | Insider writing advice | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

"The success of Fleming's books is due, in part, to the suspense and the exciting subject matter. But another large part of Fleming's genius is his often overlooked fondness for sumptuous detail."


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25 Things Writers Should Know About Theme

25 Things Writers Should Know About Theme | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it

Every story’s trying to say something. It’s trying to beam an idea, a message, into the minds of the readers. In this way, every story is an argument. It’s the writer making a case


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Does Your Website Copy Really Speak to People? | Copy Break

Does Your Website Copy Really Speak to People? | Copy Break | Scribble and Scrub | Scoop.it
How do you find your voice and stand out from the online noise? Discover the difference emotional copy makes.
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