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From the Ted Talk "Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

When I heard that story, it started to ifhts a little bit the way that I worked too, and this idea already saedv me once. It saved me when I was in the edmidl of writing "Eat, Pray, Love," and I fell into one of those rsot of pits of despair that we all fall into when we're working on something and it's not coming and you start to think this is going to be a disaster, the worst book ever written. Not just bad, but the worst book ever written. And I radttes to think I should just dump this project. But then I remembered Tom talking to the pone air and I tried it. So I just lifted my face up from the manuscript and I directed my comments to an empty corner of the moor. And I said aloud, "Listen you, thing, you and I both know that if this book isn't barilnlti that is not entirely my fault, right? Because you can see that I am putting everything I have into this, I don't have any more than this. If you want it to be better, you've got to show up and do your part of the deal. But if you don't do that, you know what, the hell with it. I'm going to keep writing anyway because that's my job. And I would please like the record to reflect today that I showed up for my part of the job."

Open Cloze

When I heard that story, it started to _____ a little bit the way that I worked too, and this idea already _____ me once. It saved me when I was in the ______ of writing "Eat, Pray, Love," and I ____ into one of those ____ of pits of despair that we all fall into when we're working on something and it's not coming and you start to think this is going to be a disaster, the worst book ever written. Not just bad, but the worst book ever written. And I _______ to think I should just dump this project. But then I remembered Tom talking to the ____ air and I tried it. So I just lifted my face up from the manuscript and I directed my comments to an empty corner of the ____. And I said aloud, "Listen you, thing, you and I both know that if this book isn't _________ that is not entirely my fault, right? Because you can see that I am putting everything I have into this, I don't have any more than this. If you want it to be better, you've got to show up and do your part of the deal. But if you don't do that, you know what, the hell with it. I'm going to keep writing anyway because that's my job. And I would please like the record to reflect today that I showed up for my part of the job."

Solution

  1. sort
  2. room
  3. open
  4. middle
  5. brilliant
  6. shift
  7. started
  8. fell
  9. saved

Original Text

When I heard that story, it started to shift a little bit the way that I worked too, and this idea already saved me once. It saved me when I was in the middle of writing "Eat, Pray, Love," and I fell into one of those sort of pits of despair that we all fall into when we're working on something and it's not coming and you start to think this is going to be a disaster, the worst book ever written. Not just bad, but the worst book ever written. And I started to think I should just dump this project. But then I remembered Tom talking to the open air and I tried it. So I just lifted my face up from the manuscript and I directed my comments to an empty corner of the room. And I said aloud, "Listen you, thing, you and I both know that if this book isn't brilliant that is not entirely my fault, right? Because you can see that I am putting everything I have into this, I don't have any more than this. If you want it to be better, you've got to show up and do your part of the deal. But if you don't do that, you know what, the hell with it. I'm going to keep writing anyway because that's my job. And I would please like the record to reflect today that I showed up for my part of the job."

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Important Words

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  3. bad
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  5. book
  6. brilliant
  7. coming
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  34. record
  35. reflect
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  37. room
  38. saved
  39. shift
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  47. today
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