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Authors at Work


Authors at Work
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.71

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    cleanser, exaggeration, proboscis, senseless, thesaurus, romance, cola, void, ridiculous, context, destitute, immobile, patriotism, hearing, bestseller, status
     content words:    Michael O'Shaughnessy, Marisa Tate, Britney Spears, Writers Club


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Authors at Work
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     Michael O'Shaughnessy pushed back from his computer and threw up his hands in despair. "I am destitute of ideas!" he cried. "I shall never write again!"
 
2     Marisa Tate sighed, dropped her pen on the table, and frowned at him. "Your continual exaggeration is ridiculous," she said. "You always find something to write about. Just close your eyes and take a deep breath." With a solemn air he did as he was told. "Now liberate the novel that is within you!"
 
3     Opening his eyes to gaze sorrowfully at Marisa, Michael announced, "I could explore every fiber of my being, but all I would discover is an immense void, a black hole into which all the bestseller ideas fall. They are lost to an alternate universe!"
 
4     Marisa rolled her eyes. "Fine, have it your way," she retorted. "You can help me with the article I'm writing instead."
 
5     Michael sat immobile for a moment before giving a cautious nod. Marisa picked up her pen and held it poised over the yellow legal pad that held the outline of her article.
 
6     "First question: if you could meet anyone that had ever lived, who would it be, and why?"
 
7     Without hesitation, Michael said, "Someone who would tell the truth about what happened in Roswell in 1947."
 
8     "Which type of parlor would you rather visit: a beauty parlor or a funeral parlor?"
 
9     "Are you crazy?" Michael replied.

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