Can a writer plagiarize their own work? Because I kinda managed to do that.
It wasn’t a whole story or a premise or a character. It was a short setting description.
I knew the moment I wrote it in my current work-in-progress that I’d written it before. It was a favorite line. Seeing as I probably shouldn’t write the exact description verbatim, I thought to myself, “Self, we should figure out another way to describe this.”
And . . .
So, I decided, the hell with it. We’ll just use the same description.
I thought it was funny, so I told a writing partner about it.
Me: I plagiarized myself.
Writing partner: What? How??
Me: *describes it*
WP: Well, I think if you sue yourself, you’ll win.
Writing partner has a point.
So, as it stands, anyone who reads the first book where the description appears and later in the book I’m currently writing might find a self-plagiarized Easter egg. Because I’ve consulted with myself, and we’ve decided not to pursue legal action.