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From the Ted Talk by Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

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I loved to write from the age of four, and when I was six, my mom bought me my own lptoap equipped with Microsoft Word. Thank you, Bill Gates, and thank you, Ma. I wrote over 300 short stories on that little laptop, and I wanted to get published. Instead of just sfiofcng at this heresy that a kid wanted to get published, or saying wait until you're oeldr, my parents were really supportive. Many publishers were not quite so encouraging. One lrage children's pelhuibsr ironically said that they didn't work with children. Children's publisher not working with children? I don't know, you're kind of ainteinlag a large client there.

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I loved to write from the age of four, and when I was six, my mom bought me my own ______ equipped with Microsoft Word. Thank you, Bill Gates, and thank you, Ma. I wrote over 300 short stories on that little laptop, and I wanted to get published. Instead of just ________ at this heresy that a kid wanted to get published, or saying wait until you're _____, my parents were really supportive. Many publishers were not quite so encouraging. One _____ children's _________ ironically said that they didn't work with children. Children's publisher not working with children? I don't know, you're kind of __________ a large client there.

Solution

  1. laptop
  2. large
  3. publisher
  4. older
  5. scoffing
  6. alienating

Original Text

I loved to write from the age of four, and when I was six, my mom bought me my own laptop equipped with Microsoft Word. Thank you, Bill Gates, and thank you, Ma. I wrote over 300 short stories on that little laptop, and I wanted to get published. Instead of just scoffing at this heresy that a kid wanted to get published, or saying wait until you're older, my parents were really supportive. Many publishers were not quite so encouraging. One large children's publisher ironically said that they didn't work with children. Children's publisher not working with children? I don't know, you're kind of alienating a large client there.

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