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Episode 22 — What Authenticity Really Means

People will tell you that there’s a ‘foolproof way’ or a ‘best practice,’ but truthfully there’s no ‘business model’ for building you — only authenticity.

Testimonials

  • "Marisa is very professional, organized, and a hard worker. These characteristics, along with her passion and zeal for finding the right words make her an excellent person for your writing or reviewing needs. I highly recommend her!"
    Jaclyn Krizovensky (Professor at UC San Diego)
  • "I wouldn't be able to call myself 'writer' without the help of Marisa Donnelly. She's the reason behind my success when it comes to writing.   I was one of those people who was afraid to share his voice to the world, but Marisa extended her help and even gave me wonderful tips on how to improve my skills. She's not just your editor but also your friend. She will remember you even if you are worlds apart. She writes from her heart, helps everyone with her talent and brilliant ideas.   Be A Light is really about her. She's the light for everyone and one day, I wouldn't be surprise if she's going to be the brightest light in this world."
    Martin Manuel (Contributing Writer at Thought Catalog)
  • "Donnelly writes wonderfully, in fact, she is in the top handful of creative writing students I have worked with over the last fifteen years."
    Tim Bascom (Professor & Author of Chameleon Days)
  • "Several of her poems touched me. I am a big Mary Oliver fan and have several of her books on my shelf and maybe a half dozen by other poets and Donnelly's book is going on that shelf of keepers, on poetry books that I re-read and refer to...that inspire me to make a piece of art or share with a friend. "Run Wild With Me", "Sixteen", and "This You Must Learn Young" were among my favorites. I hope that she continues to write poetry of this caliber."
    Kathy Duffy (Lead Critic at Goodreads)
  • "Marisa brings light to everything and everyone she encounters. Humble, graceful, loving, encouraging, understanding, magical, and supportive are all words I would use to describe Marisa and her work.   She brightens my life and thousands of other lives daily. She is one of Thought Catalog's most loved authors.   I read 'Somewhere On A Highway' when I was writing my own book in 2017. Her poetry and rawness encouraged me to keep writing when my vulnerability wanted me to stop.  At the time, I had no idea she would end up encouraging me to publish my own book 'This Will Set Me Free' with Thought Catalog Books.   Marisa is true gold. She lifts others up, gives feedback to less established authors to help them grow, and brings an awareness to every day human struggles eloquently. I'd recommend this book, and all past and future work of Marisa, to anyone."
    Kristin Michelle Elizabeth (Author of “This Will Set Me Free”)
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