I wrote this post – Plagiarism: Interesting Notes Revisited and Noted after an incident.
I had written content for websites since 2014. I was back to writing after years of hibernation from personal blogging. Blogging, specifically personal blogging, is very different from content writing. I have to adapt to some adjustments and learn about how to write an article or a content for a website.
The first project was successful, and so is the next, with a few minor calibration. I was already contemplating on leaving my day job. I am preparing myself to plunge into the world of freelancing. Then another writing opportunity came. The client interviewed me and gave me a task afterward.
There were a few corrections to the first article. The client told me to remember them. I got embarrassed that I was not careful but accepted it as a learning process. The client gave me another assignment. There is another project that time and the deadlines were the same. I was so stressed out because I have a day job and I can only finish them after office hours.
I tried to complete the two articles from two different clients in haste. I have no idea about the new assignment from the new client so I paraphrased terminologies. The client reprimanded me because I plagiarized parts for the article. I was given a copy of the article from a plagiarism checker.
To cap, I was turned down. I got very devastated. I hated myself for being ridiculously careless and irresponsible. How come I ended up like this? That was the million dollar question.
The incident taught me to assess myself. From that time on, I strived to take caution to the point that even after I submitted an article (that underwent checkers), I will go over it again to see if there are errors.
Another thing I learned is not to become complacent. Competition is tight and I have to do my part of polishing my skills and to do my part of the deal to deliver effective content.
I still have writing projects now. I am grateful for the trust. I wish though that I can already take the step to venture into a different career.