My thanks to Cassie Edwards, Janet Dailey, Lanaia Lee, and Kaavya Viswanathan for the inspiration for today’s post. As you read, see if you can guess who used which excuses. Please note I have reworded and added to some of the excuses to make it more fun.
13 Excuses from Plagiarists
My dog died…what do you mean this excuse isn’t admissible after kindergarten?
I write historical romance! My readers are supposed to be too stupid to catch me!
I didn’t know…because I skipped the day they covered citations and crediting sources in the third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, and onwards.
It’s only research material…and those academics secretly want the publicity.
But it’s in the public domain…so no one’s left alive to fight for it.
I have a psychological problem. (I can’t add anything to make this excuse better.)
Someone else ghost-wrote it…even though I vehemently declared my writing is something unique to share with the world.
I was stressed…my millions couldn’t afford me a masseuse or yoga sessions or even a scented candle.
It was unintentional and unconscious…all 29 passages.
I have a mental superpower. (Once again, I can’t add anything to make this excuse better. Oh, and the “superpower” is a photographic memory.)
But I put in dialogue tags! And the spacing is different! See!
But I did it to honor my ancestors and all Native Americans…by stealing from Native Americans.
But I didn’t hurt anyone. (This excuse isn’t funny. It’s just sad.)
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