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Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that— but you are the only you.

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Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers ...
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