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    • #4896
      Saket Kumar SinghSaket Kumar Singh
      Keymaster
      @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!

    • #5167
      Anju BahlAnju Bahl
      Participant
      @anju

      Key Takeaways From Class Held On 14th September,2019

      Topic–Fiction Writing
      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.

    • #5263
      Anil MehtaAnil Mehta
      Participant
      @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.

    • #5721
      Anuradha LondheAnuradha Londhe
      Participant
      @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
      · Novellas
      · Novel
      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.

    • #5885
      Anil MehtaAnil Mehta
      Participant
      @anilmehta

      Fiction Writing
      Key Takeaways from Class 8 held on November 2, 2019.

      Experience, Observation, and Imagination are the key requirements of fiction writing. At least one of these is essential to write good fiction.

      Fiction writing is of four types.

      · Flash Fiction
      · Short stories
      · Novellas
      · Novels

      Word limit, structure, and examples of each type were discussed in the class.

      Fiction writers can be Plotters or Pansters. Plotters are planned writers who plan out before actually writing. This makes the flow of writing smooth and fast and it is easier to overcome writer’s block. But, habitual plotters have to redo the plan whenever there is a change of thought. This tends to restrict creativity. Pansters, do not follow a planned outline and write whatever comes to their mind. They take the liberty to take the story in any direction as they go along. They use flexibility to change the plot or character as they wish. In actual practice, writers are a little bit of both plotter and panster and can be called “Plansters”.

      A fiction story comprises of following elements:

      · Theme – the central idea or message behind the story. It is not necessary, but most of the acclaimed books do have a theme or a takeaway for the readers.
      · Plot – a sequence of major events that move the story. It generally follows cause and effect relations. Different events are connected to a plot.
      · Character – a figure in the story with gender, age, personality, etc.
      · Setting – place, social environment, historical period. It provides a general background for the plot and characters. The setting helps in the visualization of the story.
      · Point of View – the vantage point from which the whole narrative is described. It can be either a first-person account or a third person account. A narrator’s viewpoint is omniscient. He always knows more than the characters themselves know.
      · Style – the writer’s choice of words and the arrangement of sentences.

      To start writing as a Planster,

      · Decide the genre of the proposed work. Be it, romance, thriller, or science fiction, etc. The genre of writing is to be decided at least after the first draft.

      · Outline major characters moving the story.
      · Sketch out the setting of the story- historical period, geography, location (urban/rural)
      · Decide on the central theme of the story.
      · Decide whether the story is to be character-driven or plot-driven. The character-driven story is based on the psychology of the character. It dwells on why is he behaving in a particular way. The plot-driven story is event-based.
      · Draft writing prompts or teasers.

      Plan out the basic structure of the story. Then start outlining the plot and the characters. Draft a Premise. The premise is a summary of the book. It tells what the story is about. It answers the following questions:
      · Who are the main characters and their personal condition?
      · What are the “inciting Events”? Inciting events are happenings that change the conditions of key characters.
      · What are the problems of the main characters?
      · What are the ambitions and goals of the main characters? What are the choices and acts they perform to achieve these goals?
      · Is there an antagonist or opponent character or conflict inherent in the story?
      · What is the outline of the ending?

      Each chapter of the novel has to be about one character or one scene. Avoid over-description in a book. Put only the things that add value to the scene. Inciters have to be strong enough to draw the character out of the status quo. Problems have a better ability to connect with readers/audiences. Problems are better “inciters”. The character has to make choices and act to get moving along the plot of the story. The end shows a new beginning.

      For Character Development, start with the character sketch. Character sketch comprises of the following description:

      · Identity – Name, gender, birth, family, childhood, nationality, religion, etc.
      · Looks – height, weight complexion, etc.
      . Personality traits – adventurous, ambitious, generous, impartial, passionate, persistent, etc.
      · Psychological – beliefs, values, traumas, mindset, intelligence, etc.
      · Behavioral – personality, attitudes, virtues and vices.
      · Emotional – likes and dislikes, ambitions, relationships with close confidantes.
      · Environmental – skills in the setting, daily routine.

      In the character sketch, the least amount of adjectives are used.

      Each character needs to transform with time. Character development shows the journey of the character. It is important because it keeps the reader connected with the story. A detailed background and personality description helps the reader visualize the character better. It also makes the story rich in content.

      Some tips for character developments are:

      · Empathise with the character. Imagine as if you are the character.
      · Give them dialogues that a person like that will actually speak.
      · Describe the characters with their physical features.
      · Describe their lifestyle.
      · Include details of support characters that add to the story.

      To give body to the plot, the writer needs to insert events. For scene writing, jot down everything you already know about the situation. Sketch every related scene that comes to mind. Try to connect the scenes and identify any loopholes. Predictability in the outcome deprives a scene of its fictional quality. Use alternatives to keep the reader interested and engaged.

      Invoke senses to describe a condition. We experience the world through five major senses –
      -Visual (by seeing).
      -Kinaesthetic (by touching).
      -Auditory (by hearing).
      -Olfactory (by smelling) and
      -Gustatory (by tasting).
      There is a sixth representational system called Auditory Digital (AD). It is not associated with a specific sense but with a person’s internal dialogue. It allows him or her to understand and make sense of the world.

      Try to avoid improbable events and behaviors. Use strong nouns and verbs to describe scenes, avoid adjectives. Create a linear well-structured plot that has no gaps in the story, based on the condensed outline. Review the outline, each time you draft the manuscript. You can use flowcharts or maps to join scenes.

      Stick to the following rules:

      · Develop the main plot of the story in advance. Outline the beginning, plot points, twists, and an end, in advance.
      · Develop in-depth character details or research them if required.
      · Make the reader visualize with the help of your rich description.
      · Take care of logic and events in your writing.
      · Include a narrative for the changing times, for readers to keep up with the changes.
      · Fiction cannot take liberty with historical facts. But can apply imagination and fantasy to interpretation and description of some events.

      We did some classroom exercises around the principles of fiction writing taught.

    • #5930
      vivek johnvivek john
      Participant
      @vivek

      Dated on 24/11/2019
      Takeaway on today’s class was learning from the foundation like introduction of content writing with sole objective to improve your skills , efficiency , productivity , various types of writing with boosting your writing carrier.

      As content writer your main focus should be clarity in message which can reached to all the audience without any language barrier with a hint of style.

      After interval started with basic things to covered Pre-writing , drafting , revising and editing all this should be utmost important to get the clarity for a perfect writing.

      Out of all the topic purpose statement got all the attention because of clarity ,purpose , goals for the particular documents.

    • #6060
      Debmitra DasDebmitra Das
      Participant
      @debsomadas

      Fictional writing often is produced as a story meant to entertain or convey an author’s point of view. Friction writing is all about using one’s imagination, experience & observation. The result of this may be Flash Friction, Short Story, Novellas and Novels. Flash Fiction the word count is 60 – 1000. Short Stories word count is 1000- 20000. Novellas word count 20000 – 50000. Novels word count is 50000 plus.

      There are two different styles of writing: Panster or Plotter. A plotter is a planned writer. Panster is the one who writes what comes to the mind.

      A friction story has few elements like theme, plot, character, setting, point of view and style. Each element is important for friction writing to be effective.

      There are certain guidelines to be a good planster writer. Decide the genre of work. Outline the major characters driving the story. Sketch out the setting for the novel. Decide if the story is plot or character-driven. Drafting a writing prompt- teaser.

    • #6062
      nilja patelnilja patel
      Participant
      @npatel

      Fiction writing: If someone wants to write fiction, a novel, story, blogs then Fiction writing is the best thing to go on. As a takeaway, we have gotten the knowledge of the following things: To be a good writer we need three things: Experience, Imagination, and Observation. In order to write fiction like the things or characters which are not existing then we have to use our imagination power to make it happen in a magnificent way. e.g. Avengers. Whenever we write about some fiction then we have to research all the characters and its importance or specialization for it. For instance, Rancho in 3 idiots. Fiction opens up the gates for imagination where impossible meets the possible. e.g. used in movie Inception. we played a quick game to check our observation of the color game. There are several parts of fiction writing such as Flash fiction, Short stories, Novellas, Novels. Elements of Fiction are equally important which are Theme, Plot, Character, Setting, Point of view, Style. However, you have to study what you want to write then write a premise, then all the character development sketch, etc. Write all the scenes and describe the explosion. Don’t forget to avoid some points in this writing and must follow the rules which are given for fiction writing.

    • #6271
      Upasna RaiUpasna Rai
      Participant
      @upasna22

      Today’s takeaway was about fiction writing taken by Maria ma’am.
      We learned about the three things that a writer needs: imagination, observation, or experience. Imagination is where impossible meets possible, introduction to the readers which they do not know. Observation utilizes all the senses describing something, or experience is an occurrence which leaves an impression on someone. We first learned about the types of fiction writing. Flash fiction whose sword limit is 60-1000 words. The structure begins in the middle of the actions which usually ends with a dramatic note. Short stories whose word limit is 1000-20000 words.it describes the single even or tale in short. Novella whose word count is 20,000-50,000. It focuses on personal and emotional development, not in a larger scale. Novels whose word count is 50,000+, for publication 80,000-120,000 words.
      Secondly, we learned about a plotter or a planter where plotter is a planned writer who goes with the flow but if we want to change something we have to do it again.
      Panther is a discovery writer who frees the story in any direction but it takes a lot of time and rapidly get stuck. Thirdly, we learned about elements of a fiction story. Theme is the central part or gives the message. Plot is the sequence of major events. Character is a sketch of a literary work with their age, personality, etc.
      Setting gives the general background for plot and characters. Point of View is a first or third person narrative described. Style is a writers choice of words. We also learned how to write the premise. Drafting the premise needs main condition of character, the inciting event, the problem of main character, ambitious of the characters, opportunity, or the ending part.

      Fourthly, we learned about character development. Character sketch like identity, physical appearance, psychology, emotional, behavior, or environmental.
      Character development is crucial because its necessary to connect with readers, backstory, or make your content rich. Give the dialogues as a real person would speak, jot down the examples, or include details of supporting character. Fifthly, we learned about scene sketch where writing scenes have some points like jotting down for everything, sketch every related thing from the content, or review your ideas.
      We also learned about NLP. (Neuron Linguistic Program) whose concept is every human’s have a sense to domain.
      Even the sixth sense which is auditory senses consume other senses.
      Lastly, we learned about how to avoid improbable events, psychology improbability, or all adjectives. Condense the outline by reading the notes on every scene, each time while drafting, or more important points.

    • #6272
      Anushri SaxenaAnushri Saxena
      Participant
      @asaxena

      Fiction Writing:

      The class of fiction writing was conducted by Ms. Mallika. She held the session and captivated the audience and explained the nitty gritties of fiction writing. After taking the session, I realised that the process of writing fiction is simple and systematic. If one follows the proper methodology, the writer’s block can be overcome. She started with 3 main aspects of fiction writing: Experience, Observation & Imagination. Fiction is a creative art where the writer makes the visuals in the head of the readers through his words. A good writer is able to engross the readers by creating a clear framework, fascinating characters and an enthralling story line.
      As per the amateur readers, we believe that anything written in the form of storytelling is broadly fiction and are called Novels, but there are 4 types of fiction writing:
      1. Flash fictions: which limit to 1000 words, generally starts with verb and focuses on a single moment in the character’s life. She spoke about the Hemmingway’s 6 word stories which despite being extremely short still hint about the probable idea hidden behind.
      2. Short stories: which are limited to 1000- 2000 words. These are narratives of a single episode or event from a character’s life span.
      3. Novellas: these extend 20,000- 50,000 words and typically focus on a character’s personal and emotional development and not on major issues.
      4. Novels: they comprise of more than 50,000 words and have no limit. Novels make a long term connect with the audience and work on creating, developing and building up the characters with time. Like, the Harry Potter series which is a classic example of J.K. Rowling building up the character with each release.
      Following which she told that there are different types of writers: Plotter/Planned Writer and Panster/Discovery Writer. Each has its own pros and cons but the finest type of writers are those who are a combination of these two: The Plansters i.e. who have an outline (planning) before the beginning but are not rigid to change the characters or stories mid-way.
      An exceptional piece of fiction writing consists of few elements:
      1. Theme- which is the central idea/story
      2. Plot- this is the skeleton and connects all the parts of the story
      3. Character- characters are the soul of a good story. Character building should have all the aspects like age, personality, color, gender, and other traits. The key is ‘know in your head, show in your writing’
      4. Setting- this is the surrounding and background of the plot and characters which gives the story its pace
      5. Point of view- the POV varies with narrator whether it is the first-person POV or third-person POV
      6. Style: this is the way the narration is done and consists of the writer’s choice of words and the arrangement of sentences. Before anyone else, a writer should be aware about his genre.

      In addition to other concepts like how to build a character, how to create a plot, how to create scenes (show v/s tell), some do’s and don’ts, she also explained an interesting theory called ‘Freytag Pyramid’ which introduced the ‘Inciting event’ of every story which motivates/moves the character to take an action and could be called as a turning point of the entire plot. This is the ‘why’ of the story line.

      She also advised to avoid archetypes in the story which is very typical to Indian cinema and television but lacks human connect. This implies avoiding improbable events and psychological improbability. For example: A villain chasing a hero cannot suddenly change his mind and let him go.

      She ended with food for thought advice that a writer will have to be patient and expect multiple variations in the story and the characters. The key is to be flexible enough. Also, the only way to improve one’s writing style is to follow the accomplished writers and practice writing.

    • #6379
      Vishnu Kant SrivastavaVishnu Kant Srivastava
      Participant
      @vkant

      Takeaway Notes from meeting dated 5th Jan 2020 (Sun) on Fiction Writing

      Fiction writing is a creative writing. It is expressive writing. Three most important ingredients of fiction Writing are vivid imagination, incredible observation, and great experience. Some writings like those by Chetan Bhagat are based on experiences and observations. Imagination plays a little role. Observations and Experiences play great role in building contents for fiction writing. Observations are muscles of any content writing. Each mind-set sees same experience differently.
      In horror, Sci-fictions, and in paranormal writings, imagination also plays an important role besides observations, and experiences.
      Fictions are many types. Flash fictions are small in size around 0 to 1000 words. They are very small size like six word stories or two sentences stories, which are called micro stories. Six word stories look like the title of a story. These are “once upon a time” type stories. They focus on a single moment and usually ends on a dramatic note or on some twists. Example of Flash story is “Chapter V by Ernest Hemingway”, “Taylor Swift by Hugh Behm Steinberg.” etc.
      Short Stories has word limit of 1,000 to 20,000. It describes an episode, single event, tale of one particular character over a short period of time. Examples are “A Chrismas carol by Charles Dickens” , “The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant.” etc.
      Novellas are short books having 20,000 ro 50,000 words. It focusses one character’s personal and emotional developments. Large scale issues are not developed. Example are “Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka”, “The old man and the sea by Ernest Hemmingway.” etc.
      Novels are books of 50000+ words. It describes multiple major characters, sub-plots, conflicts, points of view, time-periods and situations. It also builds new characters like Spiderman, Mowgli etc. Examples of Novels are “Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling,” “Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen”
      The fiction writers are somewhere in between the two extremes 1-Plotter or Planned writers to 2-Pantser or Discovery writers. Planned writers or Plotter first plan the novel, and then write accordingly. Once story is planned, they cannot change it easily as it will effect whole chain. There is less scope to alter the story. Plotter story writing is faster and smoother. Pantser, on the contrary, are wild. They do not know where the story will lead. They do not plan and keep on writing as and what it comes to their mind. Writing takes more time and many revisions. Author can get struck in search of a solution. A hybrid of both is known as Plantsers. More writers fall in this category and are plantsers.
      Elements of fiction story are Theme, Plot, Character(s), Setting, Point of View, Style.
      Theme is a central idea of any fiction. Some author will provide theme in form of a lesson. Theme can be a lesion learnt from the story. It is the message that the fiction or story is conveying. Raj Kumar Hirani’s movies give some or other message. Chetan Bhagat’s stories do not provide any message. His stories are for entertainments only. So, the central idea or theme of their stories are to provide food for fun. Constructing a story with message takes more time than the one, which has np message.
      Plot is the sequence of major events that moves the narrative. Each plot is linked with cause effect relationship. The narrative is the stuff of the plot. Plot acts like a skeleton of the story, narrative describes the plot.
      Characters are figures, who carries the story. Their gender, age, and personality are important.
      Settings are about the place, social environment, and the concerned time, on which plot is woven upon. It gives general background of the plot and characters.
      Point of View is the way the narrative describes the plot. It may be in first person or in the third person form. If point of view (POV) is in first person format, then it is assumes that Character knows the narrative, and in third person format, the plot becomes mysterious. Character does not know the narrative.
      Style is the author’s choice of words, or sentences. It may be witty, longer, or emotional.
      How to start as a plantser.
      The end goal of any story is the reader think deeply about the human condition and human relationships.
      The following way we can work to accomplish the task :
      1- Decide the genre of the story – fantasy, thriller, romance, or Sci-fi.
      2- Outline the major characters, who will drive the story.
      3- Sketch out settings.
      4- Understand the central theme of story. What message will it give? Or it is without message, and is for entertainment only.
      5- Decide if the story is plot-driven like in thriller, where character does not know any thing. He reacts to the situations arising. Decide if story is character-driven like in romantic stories or action stories like Mowgli.
      6- Draft a writing prompt for Teasers, creepers, trailers, freezers for your story to advertise and create awareness of an upcoming story or book. These prompts are available at net.
      It is a good idea to write a premise first with outlining plot and characters. The premise should contain main characters and their personal condition. Include inciting event that will change the story, bring the twist, or motivate the main characters. The problems, goals, and ambitions of main characters along with their choices and acts should be part of premise. Antagonist, opponent, conflicts, and misfortune of main characters be penned down in premise. Ending is also to be included in the premise.
      Inciting incident that drives story ahead, may be a murder, may be something like a challenge. Human brain is more attracted to problems rather than the happiness. Such inciting incidence is almost always is found in a story. However, there are some story like Bahubali, where no problem with character is written by the author. He depicted the character as larger than life.
      Avoid writing improbable events. Like the, when a Hero is just going to punish the villain for his deeds, an improbable event of accident should not be plotted for villain for his end.
      Avoid psychological improbability, meaning that a villain changes his mind suddenly, without getting punished. However, there are stories like “Do Bailo ki jodi,” where psychological improbability is described.
      Use verbs and nouns, and avoid adjectives.
      Once premise is complete, condense the outline. Work through the story linearly scene by scene, and number each scene. Watch out lapse of logic between two scenes. Use flowcharts to join the scenes. Condense most important points. Review the outlines again and again while drafting the manuscript. Read notes on one scene before and one note after the scene while reading the notes on a scene.
      Strategy for building a powerful story is to write main story plot in advance, twists, plot points, and end scene. If a new character is developed by author like Mowgli, details in depth are to be recorded. Copious description to visualize character properly be written down. Order the logic and events properly. Include the time of story in the narrative. Fiction can have more truth or more fantasy depending on it is a historical or fantasy. Story should record happenings to the personality. It should not be descriptive of happenings.
      The writing should take reader to the world of author. Keep story open to any new idea for infusion. Read good writers to learn the style. Examples are “Married by Morning by Lisa Kieypas” , “The lost Valor of love by Wattpad” etc. Write, write, write, and write.

    • #6416
      Ravish RawatRavish Rawat
      Participant
      @ravish89

      My Takeaway (Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 9:30 am–12:30 pm).
      Today’s topic was about Copywriting (not copyrighting), which in a nutshell is a kind of creative writing with a purpose. It’s aim is to deliver words strategically to compel a reader to take a predefined action. There’s also a copywriter story. Firstly, under the Basics of Advertising, there are: a) Buyer’s journey b) Ad objective–Visibility/Awareness + Lead/Sales Generation. Secondly, writing an ad copy depends on objective, medium, and target audience. Copywriting is all about crafting the message. You must craft the message to meet the ad objective and goals. Focus on big ideas when writing for visibility. You must also learn to craft a copy for sales/lead generation. Thirdly, writing various elements for an ad copy. Here are the 5 things to keep in mind when crafting a message. First is headline, second is sub-titles, third is first line, fourth is last line, and the fifth is call-to-action. Fourthly, writing for various digital formats including Google Ads and Facebook Ads. That pretty much sums up today’s class.

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