September 3, 2019 at 1:15 pm #4896Saket Kumar SinghKeymaster@saket
Write your main takeaways from the class “Introduction to Content Writing.” Don’t refer to or get influenced by what and how others have written. Rather, recall the concepts discussed in the class and write them in your words. Focus on key concepts or things you learned and how you will implement the same to transform your writing style.
Don’t use bullet points. Write in paragraph form. Your content should have at least 150 words.
All the best!
September 19, 2019 at 11:18 pm #5167Anju BahlParticipant@anju
Key Takeaways From Class Held On 14th September,2019
What do you need to be a writer was the first point of discussion.William Faulkner says that a writer needs three things:Experience,Observation and Imagination,any two of which,at times any one of which,can supply the lack of the others.Fiction gives wings to a writer’s imagination.A concept of “Penrose Stair”explaining impossible staircase was discussed.This staircase forms a continuous loop which never ends.It was used in the movie “Inception”.Another concept of Tesseract,used in movie “Interstellar”was taken up.It is a 3-D representation of our 4-D reality.According to a contemperory Indian writer,Chetan Bhagat,our observation skills make all the difference.A Stroop Test was conducted.This test enhances the ability to be in the present.At times,movies movies are made drawing a parallel with the book.There are various types of Fiction Writings.Flash Fiction begins in the middle of the action,focuses on a single moment in the character’s life.It brings drama in the theme.Short Stories deal with a single episode,single event,or a tale of one particular character over a short period of time.”Novel”and “Novella”types were explained.There are two types of writers.A Plotter and a Pantser are the two types.A Plotter is a planned writer whereas a Pantser is a discovery writer.But in reality most of the writers the are “Plantsers”.Plantsers take middle path.There are different elements of Fiction Story.These are theme,plot,characters,setting,point of view(POV) and style.Decide your genre,outline the major characters,sketch out the settings,and then understand the Central Theme of your novel.Then decide whether plot driven or character driven story is to be written.Finally draft a Writing Prompt called a Teaser.After the Teaser,write a Premise.An activity based on a book or movie was done.It was done to see if all the main elements of Premise are present or not.Then comes Character Development or Character Sketching.Make Scene Sketches.Write scenes while talking to yourself.At the end of every scene,ask if the reader was expecting this end,otherwise change it.Adopt the principle of Show vs Tell.The Six Representational Systems were discussed.This theory says that other than five senses,there is a sixth sense too.This theory is called Neuro Linguistic Psychology.The five senses being Kinaesthetic(touch or feel),Auditory(hear),Olfactory(smell),Gustatory(taste).The sixth one being Auditory Digital(AD) or Internal Dialogue.Avoid improbable events,psychological improbabilities and all adjectives.Instead use nouns and verbs.Condense the outline.Create linear,well structured plot with no gaps.Your story would change many times.For improving your writing style read many accomplished writers.Read the writers you admire the most.You would start to imbibe their style.Writing and more writing results in emergence of great writers.
September 23, 2019 at 11:10 am #5263Anil MehtaParticipant@anilmehta
Message: What new did I learn in Class 1
Purpose Statement: The purpose of recalling today’s lecture proceedings is to fix in my memory the tips learnt, for subsequent use. This will also become material for my first writing assignment.
Class 1 held on Sept 22, 2019 dealt with the process of content writing. Developing your own style is very important. Many people would have already written on the topic you choose to write. Readers will read your piece because of your style. Writing is like any other product in market place. You will be able to “sell” your writing by creating a differentiation from others. A writer develops his style based on his experiences and understanding.
Prewriting is the first step in content writing. It involves writing down a clear message and purpose statement. The purpose statement is for the writer to keep his focus. The purpose statement defines what the reader is going to get through the writing. It should be restricted to 1 or 2 sentences.
The building block of content writing is a paragraph. At prewriting stage, you decide skeleton structure of your piece and jot down the key points. Cover each key point in one paragraph. Organize the information in appropriate paragraphs and complete the structure. Compare the structure with purpose statement and see that the two are aligned.
Research for content of each para is part of prewriting stage.
Drafting is the next step after prewriting. Drafting should be done in one sitting, without any distraction or break.
Paragraph is the building block (unit) of content writing. A paragraph should contain only one idea. Use facts and number to support a claim in the writing.
A paragraph should not be more than 5 lines (not sentences). If a paragraph becomes long, try to break it into two or more paragraphs, with a degree of differentiation.
There should be smooth transition between consecutive paragraphs. If an abrupt change is noticeable, make use of subtitles.
After drafting is complete, give a few hours gap before sitting down for revision. Revision should be done by reading the draft aloud. This tells you how the piece sounds. This has a bearing on the readers’ experience as well. Revise, with a view to length, coherence and smooth transitioning of the writing.
Revision is followed by editing and proof reading. Hemingway App helps in identifying discrepancies in readability. Use Grammarly tool thereafter, to catch grammatical mistakes.
It is important to check for smooth transition between main ideas and sections. Check if the content meets with objectives as per purpose statement. Then check for visual appeal. Finally, check if the writing contains all elements required for that type of writing. For instance, technical writing requires an abstract, table of contents, introduction, conclusion etc.
Writing is not an easy task. A lot of effort goes into writing. So, anything you write should be published also. Then only it becomes useful to the writer and readers.
November 8, 2019 at 7:06 pm #5721Anuradha LondheParticipant@anuradhasanjay
Fiction writing …..
A writer needs Experience, Observation and Imagination. Any two of which help and supplement for the lack of the third one. Fiction is where Impossible meets the possible.
After a brief intro of each one, the class started. We played a game which made it very comfortable for us with the new resource person, Mallika. We were asked to name things in the room which we have not observed before. To our surprise, there were few things in the room we ignored. Here was our first tip to be a good writer i.e. a good writer is a good observant.
There are different types of Friction Writing: –
· Flash writing
· Short Stories
All have different word limits and different way of writing. First time I came to know about Six-word stories. It was very interesting.
There are two types of writers: Plotters and Panster.
Plotters Plan a structure and write, Thus the writing is faster but they are confined to their structure. Whereas Plansters have freedom to write and take their writing to any direction i.e. unplanned. They have flexibility to change the story. It takes more time as they keep on changing the script.
The best thing is to have a mix of both.
There are few elements of fiction writing. First is the theme which is the central idea or the moral of the story. Plot is the sequence of events connected to each other. Characters are very important in story. The place, environment and era give background to the plot and characters. The story should have a point of view which gives a direction to the narration. Is the writer’s choice to write it in as first person POV or third person. The style is very much personal.
Before writing a few things are taken into consideration: Decide the genre of your work as Fantasy, thriller etc. Outline your major characters driving the story. Sketch out the setting of your story. Understand the central theme of your story.
Once you are ready with your rough work, you should revise yourself with answering few questions as have you explained the main characters, the condition of the characters, problems, sequence of events, triggers in the story and of course the ending. You should also add value to your writing. You should describe the characters well rather than using adjectives.
This was followed by an exercise: we were given characters of Raju, Farhan and Rancho from Three Idiots. We were asked to describe their characters. We have to describe the identity, different traits as physical, good or bad, psychological, behavioral and emotional traits. The scene should be created using all senses and also Auditory digital sense. This cleared the idea of how to describe a character.
One should avoid few things while writing: Avoid improbable events, psychological improbability. In fact, describe everything in detail, may be a person, place or anything related to the story.
Your story will change multiple times, make it a detailed one. Go through every scene. Identify the blank areas or lapses and do it again. Use flow charts and see if every end is connected. Condense the important points. The idea is to create a detailed linear story, with no gaps or loose ends.
Read a lot and write everything that comes to your mind. Keep writing.
The session was very interactive. Thank you.
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