Creativity, to me, is a person’s imaginativity and uniqueness in terms of how they express it. I think confidence is extremely important to writing because, in my experience, when I lack confidence I don’t write to the best of my ability. I let my fear get in the way of the words I want to write. When I set my mind to it and feel genuinely confident, I can write really well, but I always let my fear get in the way of the words I really want to say (especially if someone else is going to see the writing). I think you can build confidence by putting yourself out there. You don’t necessarily have to let people see your work with your name on it. That’s the whole point of being anonymous. Until you get the confidence to put your name on, submit things anonymously. Start small. Enter short writing contests. Share it with someone you’re comfortable with that you know will build you up and not tear you down. I genuinely enjoy writing. I really like to make music, short stories, and share experiences I have had in my life. I think that writing can easily be brought into the workplace because it makes communication that much easier. I don’t use a whole lot of writing in my current job, but I do have to write comments/reports of how my client does on certain tasks that he’s required to learn. I really liked in the book that it talked about the difference between an education and schooling. Even if you cannot afford to go to college, it’s your job to learn and continue expanding. I feel like this is important for everyone in America. A lot of people blame unfortunate situations on their lack of education, but what about their schooling? Do they google things? Are they passionate? Do they pursue their goals? These are all important questions to ask. I also really liked the advice about getting to know yourself before you decided to create things. I think it’s important that your art or creative outlet reflects how you feel, believe, and think. If it doesn’t, it’s not your art. It’s someone else’s. This is where I disagreed with the book. I disagree that creativity is just stealing things from other people. Think about all the new inventions that come out of someone’s creativity. They couldn’t have stolen something that didn’t exist. For example, there was a college student a few years back who designed and created sleeping bags that transformed into jackets for homeless people. This invention didn’t exist so where would she have stolen it from? I genuinely think creativity is how you choose to express your inner self, and it can be original if you let it. I also disagree with faking it until you make it. I have a lot of experience with this particular piece of advice. My whole life I have endured a lot of different traumatic things where I’ve been forced to fake it until I make it, but it creates an emptiness- a void inside of you- that just can’t be filled anymore. You lose who you are, and sometimes it is too hard to get yourself back, and you get tired of fighting it. I think it’s important to be honest. Sometimes it’s important to over exaggerate certain things (confidence, etc.), but I don’t think faking it is the right term to use.