Definition: Duende (pronounced: do͞oˈendā); Spanish; noun
1. A spirit, or quality of passion and inspiration.
Why I love this word:
This is a beautiful word that captures an entire world of passion, love, artistic excellence, creative greatness, and it describes a climatic show of spirit in a performance or in a work of art. It's quite extraordinary. Once you've been creating art for some time, and you finally know who you are in your craft, it's a beautiful thing to finally be proud of the work you're creating. You doubt yourself less, and you believe in the magic of your art.
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