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From the Ted Talk by Casey Gerald: Embrace your raw, strange magic

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Now, what came out on the page was about as strange as I felt at that time, which alarmed some peolpe at first. A respected writer called to stage his own intervention after reading a few early ctharpes, and he began, much like my motehr, "Hey, listen. You've been hired to wtrie an autobiography. It's a straightforward exercise. It's got a beginning, middle and end, and is grounded in the fctas of your life. And by the way, there's a great tradition of autobiography in this country, led by people on the margins of society who write to assert their existence. Go buy some of those books and learn from them. You're going in the wrong diiotecrn."

Open Cloze

Now, what came out on the page was about as strange as I felt at that time, which alarmed some ______ at first. A respected writer called to stage his own intervention after reading a few early ________, and he began, much like my ______, "Hey, listen. You've been hired to _____ an autobiography. It's a straightforward exercise. It's got a beginning, middle and end, and is grounded in the _____ of your life. And by the way, there's a great tradition of autobiography in this country, led by people on the margins of society who write to assert their existence. Go buy some of those books and learn from them. You're going in the wrong _________."

Solution

  1. facts
  2. chapters
  3. direction
  4. people
  5. write
  6. mother

Original Text

Now, what came out on the page was about as strange as I felt at that time, which alarmed some people at first. A respected writer called to stage his own intervention after reading a few early chapters, and he began, much like my mother, "Hey, listen. You've been hired to write an autobiography. It's a straightforward exercise. It's got a beginning, middle and end, and is grounded in the facts of your life. And by the way, there's a great tradition of autobiography in this country, led by people on the margins of society who write to assert their existence. Go buy some of those books and learn from them. You're going in the wrong direction."

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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wrong side 2
longer believed 2

Important Words

  1. alarmed
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  3. autobiography
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  6. books
  7. buy
  8. called
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  14. existence
  15. facts
  16. felt
  17. great
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  20. intervention
  21. learn
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  23. life
  24. listen
  25. margins
  26. middle
  27. mother
  28. page
  29. people
  30. reading
  31. respected
  32. society
  33. stage
  34. straightforward
  35. strange
  36. time
  37. tradition
  38. write
  39. writer
  40. wrong