Maybe you don’t even realize that you are not using your own heifer; maybe the ideas and words you use to sell your personal perceptions were simply all over the Internet for you to use and abuse as you please. Maybe you are so full of yourself that you haven’t even asked yourself where it all came from. Maybe you are under the impression that YOUR brain is the only one able to produce ideas and words in the perfect order.
“Borrowed thoughts, like borrowed money, only show the poverty of the borrower.” - Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington at Quotesincan.com
There are but only so many themes to write about. Since the beginning of humanity, the same old themes are explored and presented over and over again in all possible genres and styles. Writers are like chefs turning but only a limited fauna and flora into delicious meals.
However, writers are human, and humans are born with a need for recognition.
I am not ashamed to admit that I have a need to be recognized. Yes, I feel uncomfortable in the barrage of compliments and even embarrassed when they are exaggerations. I can certainly live without this. But a mere ‘thank you’, or the mentioning of my name when I had a share in any accomplishment makes me feel worthy and recognized.
“What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers generally call it recognition!” - William James.
“There are two things people want more than sex and money... recognition and praise.” - Mary Kay Ash.
I have published an entire hub about recognition and plagiarism. By reading it you will literally pay a penny for my thoughts. Just click on the following link: http://martiecoetser.hubpages.com/hub/Giving-Recognition-A-Way-To-Avoid-Plagiarism