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From the Ted Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert: Success, failure and the drive to keep creating

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So that's who I am. And believe me, I'm extremely grateful to be that person, because that whole "Eat, Pray, Love" thing was a huge break for me. But it also left me in a really tricky piiotson moving forward as an author trying to figure out how in the world I was ever going to wrtie a book again that would ever please anybody, because I knew well in advance that all of those people who had adored "Eat, Pray, Love" were going to be incredibly disappointed in whatever I wrote next because it wasn't going to be "Eat, Pray, Love," and all of those ppeole who had haetd "Eat, Pray, Love" were going to be idcnleibry disappointed in whatever I wrote next because it would provide evidence that I still lveid. So I knew that I had no way to win, and knowing that I had no way to win made me seriously consider for a while just qittinug the game and moving to the country to raise corgis. But if I had done that, if I had given up writing, I would have lost my beloved vtooaicn, so I knew that the task was that I had to find some way to gin up the inspiration to write the next book regardless of its inevitable negative oomtuce. In other wrods, I had to find a way to make sure that my creativity survived its own success. And I did, in the end, find that inspiration, but I found it in the most unlikely and unexpected place. I found it in lessons that I had learned earlier in life about how creativity can sivvrue its own failure.

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So that's who I am. And believe me, I'm extremely grateful to be that person, because that whole "Eat, Pray, Love" thing was a huge break for me. But it also left me in a really tricky ________ moving forward as an author trying to figure out how in the world I was ever going to _____ a book again that would ever please anybody, because I knew well in advance that all of those people who had adored "Eat, Pray, Love" were going to be incredibly disappointed in whatever I wrote next because it wasn't going to be "Eat, Pray, Love," and all of those ______ who had _____ "Eat, Pray, Love" were going to be __________ disappointed in whatever I wrote next because it would provide evidence that I still _____. So I knew that I had no way to win, and knowing that I had no way to win made me seriously consider for a while just ________ the game and moving to the country to raise corgis. But if I had done that, if I had given up writing, I would have lost my beloved ________, so I knew that the task was that I had to find some way to gin up the inspiration to write the next book regardless of its inevitable negative _______. In other _____, I had to find a way to make sure that my creativity survived its own success. And I did, in the end, find that inspiration, but I found it in the most unlikely and unexpected place. I found it in lessons that I had learned earlier in life about how creativity can _______ its own failure.

Solution

  1. people
  2. words
  3. quitting
  4. position
  5. survive
  6. write
  7. outcome
  8. hated
  9. lived
  10. vocation
  11. incredibly

Original Text

So that's who I am. And believe me, I'm extremely grateful to be that person, because that whole "Eat, Pray, Love" thing was a huge break for me. But it also left me in a really tricky position moving forward as an author trying to figure out how in the world I was ever going to write a book again that would ever please anybody, because I knew well in advance that all of those people who had adored "Eat, Pray, Love" were going to be incredibly disappointed in whatever I wrote next because it wasn't going to be "Eat, Pray, Love," and all of those people who had hated "Eat, Pray, Love" were going to be incredibly disappointed in whatever I wrote next because it would provide evidence that I still lived. So I knew that I had no way to win, and knowing that I had no way to win made me seriously consider for a while just quitting the game and moving to the country to raise corgis. But if I had done that, if I had given up writing, I would have lost my beloved vocation, so I knew that the task was that I had to find some way to gin up the inspiration to write the next book regardless of its inevitable negative outcome. In other words, I had to find a way to make sure that my creativity survived its own success. And I did, in the end, find that inspiration, but I found it in the most unlikely and unexpected place. I found it in lessons that I had learned earlier in life about how creativity can survive its own failure.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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experience great 2
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