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Videos to Help You Find the Muse

In my last newsletter, I mentioned several videos that I find inspiring that aren't really about writing. And I asked readers to share with me videos they find memorable.

Here are two of the best. One is Elizabeth Gilbert's TED talk; the other is JK Rowling at Harvard commencement.


Thanks to Jan Markley and Lexus Luke for the suggestions.

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