Can a Writer Plagiarize Self?

‘Stealing’ Your Own Content

Gary Provost is the author of The Freelance Writer’s Handbook and one of his advice is to steal small form different sources. He calls that ‘research’, not plagiarism. He even admits that he steals from himself — he recycles bits from his contents. Is the practice still acceptable? Bestselling author Jonah Lehrer just found out it isn’t. He was caught recycling his own content for two big magazines — the New Yorker and Wired. It was also discovered that he had also recycled his own previous material for use in his bestselling book Imagine.

So is Lehrer an unethical plagiarist? Chicago Tribune says ‘…it is unclear whether it is correct. That’s because Lehrer plagiarized himself.’

My take: Maybe Lehrer is guilty because he didn’t just ‘steal small’ as Provost advised.

My Preferred Work Desk

This desk of Simon Ungefehr ( ApproxArt ) is the nearest looking one to my own. Notice how even Simon’s laptop is simple or minimal.

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Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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