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At Least Being a Writing Tease Gets a Reader’s Attention

I love trashy television.

I love those Investigation Discovery shows about wives who murder their husbands and the TLC shows about how sex sent someone to the emergency room. Don’t get me started on HGTV and all of their shows about flipping houses.

However, I’m still a television connoisseur. I watch all the hottest new dramas and critique their scripts, directing, and levels of production. It’s what I want to do for a living, so I make it my job to learn from the best.

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Fifty Shades of Sh*t

The 90s anti-drug public service announcement of actress Rachael Leigh Cook bashing a frying pan around her kitchen just popped into my head. “Any questions?”

This is your brain.

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This is your brain after reading Fifty Shades of Grey.

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5 Lessons I Learned From Dealing with Writing Rejection

“When you’re following your inner voice, doors tend to eventually open for you, even if they mostly slam at first.” ― Kelly Cutrone, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You

The first rejection I had was when I was 12 years old. It was at a journalism workshop taught by a prominent local reporter.

Our assignment was to write an editorial about any topic we wanted. At that time, I was obsessed with medical stories and thought a piece about viruses would be a great idea. After about two hours, we each presented our drafts. He announced that he would grade us on the spot.

It took him about 15 seconds to scan my text before he shook his head and heaved a sad sigh.

“You’ll never be a writer.”

Harsh words for a 12-year-old, don’t you think?

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Don’t Be Yourself. No, BE YOURSELF.

It’s difficult to overestimate the influence that Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay “Self-Reliance” has had on subsequent creative minds.

For contemporary writers struggling to generate an original idea, Emerson’s advice to “learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across [your] mind from within” can still provide validation of their unique creative instincts.

According to “Self-Reliance,” you shouldn’t need validation from anyone else.

The crowd, it would seem, should have no bearing on how we understand the world: “the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”

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