A loot of the books I've written were aimed at absolute beginners, and my friends had fun telling me that I wrote them using copy and paste.
What are friends for, if they couldn't make fun of you, eh?
Anyway, no, I have never used copy and paste. But I have rewritten things from time to time. More lately than earlier. But never copied. I would never recommend the use of copy and paste, when it comes to creating texts.
Today, somebody asked me if copy and paste were involved in my product “How to Get Fresh'n'Free Unique Content on your Blog“.
The clear answer is No. And I'll tell you why not.
Copying is Stealing
One of the main reasons is that by copying somebody else's work, you are in fact stealing it. It's illegal and un-ethical.
Copying is to take Honour from Somebody Else
I was on a mailing list about how to lose weight. Somebody postet a poem on the list, and everybody wrote and praised her for her poem. Only problem – it wasn't her poem, but a famous Danish poetrist, but she just signed it with her own name.
How could she enjoy the praisals knowing that she wasn't the creator of the poem?
Inspiration is Okay
You can let yourself get inspired by other people's texts. But never copy them. Oftentimes you might even make a better text than the original by structuring it differently, or just by using a better language.
Earlier, I would never even use this methode. Once I was asked to write an article for a Danish computer magazine, and they send me some articles to use as inspiration. I didn't. I knew I could do better myself.
Today, I use articles as inspiration for my own from time to time. Especially, if it's about a subject I don't know that much about. What I do then is to read two or three articles about the subject, and then I write my own article based on the informations I found in the others.