Randall Munroe, author of the wonderful xkcd Comic Strip as well as the brilliant book What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, has a new book out called: Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words which uses the most common 1,000 English words to explain scientific concepts.
Some of the many words that are not in the most common Ten Hundred English words: fiction, science fiction, writer, author, reader, fantasy, editor, publisher, royalties, agent, novel, fable, tale, television.
I used the Up-Goer Five Text Editor which identifies words not in the common pool to produce the following.
I write imagined stories and books about people who are like us and people who are not like us, who live in our times and in times yet to come, who are in places we already live and visit, but also in places and worlds we have yet to visit.
One of my books was made into a movie which is sometimes shown on TV. People pay me money to write, for which I have big thanks, but the biggest reason I write these stories is because I want to read them myself. I like the books best that make me feel I am in the story, that take me to new places, real and imagined, and meet new and different people, and make me think about new ideas. Reading lots of books lets me know as many places, things, and people as if I had the time necessary to live many different lives.