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From the Ted Talk by Lori Gottlieb: How changing your story can change your life

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But the main reason I say I'm an editor is because it's true. Now, it's the job of all therapists to help people edit, but what's interesting about my specific role as Dear Therapist is that when I edit, I'm not just editing for one person. I'm trying to teach a whole gorup of readers how to edit, using one letter each week as the example. So I'm thinking about things like, "What material is exuanoerts?" "Is the ptgainsorot moving forward or going in clecirs, are the supporting characters important or are they a distraction?" "Do the plot ptoins reveal a theme?" And what I've noticed is that most people's soitres tend to circle around two key themes.

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But the main reason I say I'm an editor is because it's true. Now, it's the job of all therapists to help people edit, but what's interesting about my specific role as Dear Therapist is that when I edit, I'm not just editing for one person. I'm trying to teach a whole _____ of readers how to edit, using one letter each week as the example. So I'm thinking about things like, "What material is __________?" "Is the ___________ moving forward or going in _______, are the supporting characters important or are they a distraction?" "Do the plot ______ reveal a theme?" And what I've noticed is that most people's _______ tend to circle around two key themes.

Solution

  1. group
  2. protagonist
  3. points
  4. extraneous
  5. stories
  6. circles

Original Text

But the main reason I say I'm an editor is because it's true. Now, it's the job of all therapists to help people edit, but what's interesting about my specific role as Dear Therapist is that when I edit, I'm not just editing for one person. I'm trying to teach a whole group of readers how to edit, using one letter each week as the example. So I'm thinking about things like, "What material is extraneous?" "Is the protagonist moving forward or going in circles, are the supporting characters important or are they a distraction?" "Do the plot points reveal a theme?" And what I've noticed is that most people's stories tend to circle around two key themes.

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