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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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A Word Journal May Be the Best-Kept Secret Weapon in Your Vocabulary Arsenal

“Plethora” is one of my favorite words.

I know what you’re thinking. What kind of random awkward human being has favorite words?

When I was a teenager, I knew that I was falling in love fast. Sure, with my adorable high school boyfriend, but also with the sexy and seductive allure of words and language.

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Ira Glass on Storytelling

Ira Glass, the voice and mind behind the This American Life radio show & podcast, is often asked about his creative process. How does he manage to keep putting out such exceptional episodes? Finding new material to talk about? Setting a standard in broadcasting that hundreds of thousands now strive for.

In an interview he did On Storytelling, he explains what NO ONE tells beginners.

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