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May 05, 2019 11:08:14

But first. Plagiarism.

by @brianball PATRON | 351 words | 421💌

Brian Ball

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Someone wanting to learn how to write well should write to learn something else. I had been thinking about doing it for almost 5 years before actually going through with it. But I'm trying to let it go. It shouldn't merit a disproportionate freakout if someone wear shoes into the house.

Since doing something creative is very much about bringing something utterly and vulnerably unique about yourself into the real world, you can't help but feel quite alone and naked in the journey. Let me pause for a moment to describe something that seems unrelated but will factor into the unfortunate events.

As usual, I will start with things that I miss & failed.

There is no single truth for most things — and they may be viewed differently by different people. No matter how much you have invested in the future none of it matters if you are unable to enjoy it. Upon realizing this I had a stint of not wearing any makeup for weeks.

What are all the key questions/challenges that interest you at this point in your life?

IMPORTANT: This post is intended for the use of the individuals named above and may contain information that is confidential, privileged or unsuitable for overly sensitive persons.


I'd like to think @basilesamel, @valentino, @vickenstein, @jasonleow, @brandonwilson, @knight, @zyumbik, @Arcticloon, @abrahamKim and @santhoshguru

Each of you unwittingly participated in this experiment.

Want to make your own Plagiaristic™?

Here's the recipe:

1. Open the Fellowship page.

2. Pick somebody who's avatar you like and start there.

3. Click through to their last writing.

4. Copy a sentence from their page and paste it into your post.

5. Copy the URL from their post and link it to the punctuation that completes the sentence you grabbed.

6. Do this with several people's writings to piece something together. Try to have it make sense - but don't use any of your own words ( or do -- I'm not the boss here )

7. Mention the people you borrowed from with the @ sign ( and try to spell their name correctly )

8. Insert some comment on the process: [mine] "Oh man.. this is getting fun."

From Brian Ball's collection:

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      @brianball @zyumbik that's bloody amazing!
      I have NOT seen it... coming... wooooooooow!!!

      Lucjah avatar Lucjah | May 06, 2019 19:22:13
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    @brianball lol love it! I couldn't tell until I read my portion, after which I realised what the post was about. You'd merged them quite perfectly - it actually doesn't read disjointedly and makes sense! ;D Sometimes I read others' posts and I love like 1-2 sentences from it. This is a great way to bring our creativity together. Definitely for one of those slump day posts, as @basilesamel said.

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 06, 2019 20:19:47
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    @brianball hilarious experiment, love it.

    Valentino Urbano avatar Valentino Urbano | May 06, 2019 08:29:07
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    @brianball this is quite a novel idea :) will definitely steal for the days I'm out of juice!

    Victoria Maung avatar Victoria Maung | May 06, 2019 05:31:37
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      @vickenstein - no need to steal, it's offered freely :-)

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 05, 2019 22:11:24
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    @brianball nice! this is a job for @lucjah

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 05, 2019 21:03:21
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      or for @jasonleow and his writing slumps

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 05, 2019 21:03:42
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      @basilesamel - I'd be mis-remembering if I didn't give @lucjah massive credit for inspiring me here on 200Wad.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 06, 2019 08:02:20
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    @brianball Nice touch. I hope you at least had a laugh at my expense.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 05, 2019 11:20:42
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    This was an experiment in how many ways there are to produce collections of words.

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 05, 2019 11:15:34
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