September 2, 2019 at 11:55 pm #4851Saket 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 4, 2019 at 9:47 am #4927MOUMITA BAGCHIParticipant@mou_bag
KEY TAKEAWAYS OF DAY 1
We had two sessions on the first day and both the sessions were taken by Mr. Saket Singh
Here are the key takeaways of our first class.
We were first given a brief introduction of our institute ECT and were informed that we are the 24th batch of this institution.
Then we were given a synopsis of the entire CONTENT WRITING course. It was explained that the course will have eight theory classes spread over 5-6weeks and after that we have to work on four live projects. We were also told about the assignments and key takeaways which are to be submitted after each class and how to deal with them. In short we were given an overview of the entire course with its planned structure and how to progress with it daily. We were also advised to develop a daily reading practice for at least thirty minutes. We were also asked to select two topics for our later assignments which we did with all our zest.
Introduction to content writing
Firstly, we were informed about the Basic elements of contents. Content has three components- a message, the language and the style. As a writer we should understand the message of the content first. We should always write short sentences and the most important thing is that we should try to develop a voice of our own. Before we start writing we should have to be very clear about what is to be conveyed in the content. Short sentences are usually preferred to hold the attention of the readers whereas developing a voice is required to have a unique style of your own so that the readers can recognize you with your own particular style .This is one of the important aspect of content writing.
Effective writing process
We were then told how to get into writing. An effective writing contains the following five steps:-Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Editing and proofreading and finally publishing. Each of these stages has its own importance but most important of all is the Prewriting stage. Here the whole structure of the content is laid down. In the Drafting stage the content is formed on the basis of prewriting. This is usually done in one go, which is normally done in a thirty minutes sitting or more; and thus the whole content is developed at this stage. In the Revising stage, the flow of the content is checked and at the Editing and Proof reading stage Grammars, spellings etc are checked.Finally when everything is checked thoroughly the content is ready for publishing.
We were then given a detailed account of all these steps with all the dos and do nots. Also we were told how to write a Professional bio on the basis of these steps. This is our first assignment as well, so we were informed elaborately how to approach this assignment. We were also told about the importance of a purpose statement in the bio.
This is all about our first class. It was very informative as well as an interactive session where everyone was participating freely. Looking forward to some more sessions like this in the subsequent classes.
September 4, 2019 at 10:29 am #4928Gaurav SinghParticipant@gaurav18069
Key takeaways from ECT batch-24’s first class
The first class of ECT batch-24 was organized by Saket Sir, the
instructor for the first class, on September 1, 2019. Below are
takeaways from the class:
The class started off with each student giving a brief introduction
about themselves. Most students are from varied backgrounds;
experienced people looking to switch careers or taking up freelancing work along with their current job and, new graduates looking to make a career in content writing.
We were given homework to write the key takeaways from the class; the takeaways must be written in paragraphs without the usage of bullet points. And as a Content Writer, try to avoid using bullet points until and unless it is necessary.
A Content Writer should cultivate the habit of reading diverse topics which would help to write content on various niches.
The instructor then spoke about what makes a piece of content;
specifically, author’s clarity of message, language and style makes a decent piece of content.
If the author is clear with his or her message, then it would be
easier to convey that in writing. On many occasions, author digresses
from the message which breaks the flow of the content. So, it is
important to be clear with message, so that the right knowledge is
transferred to the people.
Since people have put effort to read your content, we, as Content
Writers, need to make the content in a language is easy for the people
to read effortlessly. Specifically, we need to write use small
paragraphs of five lines and 18-20 words per sentence.
The most important trait for a Content Writer: his style. People can get knowledge from various sources, but they follow a particular person because of his writing style.
The way a Content writer
expresses his opinion, the words he uses and the experiences that he
shares separates him from the rest.
The instructor introduced us to pre-writing stage, which needs to be
undertaken before you start drafting your content. The pre-writing
stage comprises of the following:
1) Topic: The topic needs to be specific and not vague or too broad.
2) Purpose statement: The purpose of this statement to help focus on the topic that we have chosen. This could be included at the beginning of content or could be left out. If included it lets the reader know what’s in it for him in the content.
3)Research: It always important to see how others have written our
4) Write down important information in bullet points, and organize them in a structure.
In the last segment of the class, the instructor taught us how to
write a Professional Bio. Specifically, one has to start with what they do now followed by their expertise or client list and end with educational background and hobbies or Interests.
If someone doesn’t have much to speak out themselves owing
career-break or venturing into something unsuccessful, they should mention the course which they have enrolled for to learn content writing, and also write about their interest in content writing. They
could also mention if they have their own blog or contributed to any
blogs as a guest writer.
September 4, 2019 at 10:45 am #4929Alankaram NarayananParticipant@alankaramn
KEY TAKEAWAYS – LECTURE 1
In our first class, the aim was to motivate us to start writing and also give a roadmap for it. We were told how this course will help us fulfill our objectives and goals, through active learning.
Content is a broad topic, so a content writer should also be well versed in a broad range of topics. We were encouraged to read up on topics out of our comfort zones.
We also explored the concept of content and what makes good content. Each piece of writing is meant for a certain reader. It is essential that we, as a writer, understand this and deliver the intended message clearly and unambiguously.
The biggest takeaway for me from the class in regards to content writing was that, know what you’re writing. Each story has different angles and different ways of expressing it. The smartness lies in deciding what your message is before you start writing, this is called pre-writing.
With pre-writing, not only do you choose your topic but also decide what angle you are going to be writing about with a purpose statement. A purpose statement is the essence of your copy written in a single concise line. This only helps you maintain a clear storyline. The purpose statement can also be incorporated into your copy to give the readers an idea about what to expect.
With a clear structure of the draft ready, we can begin writing. The structure sets the flow of the copy. It decides where to cap the paragraph so it doesn’t become boring or overwhelming to the reader. Also, how to start the next para smoothly.
A paragraph is the structure of the copy and a sentence is its body. Each para should address one and only one idea. This is the rule of Unity. The sentences in the paragraph must be short and to the point. The sentences should elaborate on the idea of the paragraph and should come to a certain conclusion towards the end of the paragraph.
While revising read it aloud and cut down the mouthy sentences. Give it to your friends or colleagues to review, to see if a random person can understand it. Always make sure it is visually appealing, the font size and colour have to be right and no unnecessary use of underline or italics.
Each copy is meant for the reader, so a cluttered and confusing copy is not likely to get traction. In the first lecture, we learnt to avoid such potholes and write a good copy.
September 4, 2019 at 3:16 pm #4933Swati dimriParticipant@swatid
Key Takeaways Class 1
Our life experiences are varied, but each one of us always walks away with some takeaways. Our first content writing class also falls in the category of a learning experience.
September 1st 2019 was the first day at ETC for content writing course. I had joined it with a lot of skepticism and self-doubt. After the round of introductions I realized how each one was engaged in something productive, yet the need to learn and improve had brought them to the class. As humans we can’t stagnate and stop learning is my first takeaway from the class.
As Saket took us through the aspects of writing. The fact that the very basics of writing are easily missed became clear. Something that sounds easy, like choosing a topic for research can be messed up due to lack of clarity. How vague and broad topic vs a specific topic can make the first step to writing easy was the second takeaway.
We also learnt about the writing process, which entails pre writing, drafting, revising, editing and proof reading and finally publishing. Even though these terms seem simple, the breakdown and explanation for each one of them really helped me understand the significance of each step.
Pre writing and how it works as the most important aspect of writing was the third takeaway from the class.
Another topic discussed was writing a Professional Bio and the purpose it serves. How by wording it right, highlighting our key achievements and skills we can sell our services better to prospective clients. The structure and content of a bio-data are again very important for a professional bio data to look good.
The most important takeaway from the class was that constant work on one’s vocabulary and ability to learn through reading is required. Writing everyday is something, everyone of us as content writers need to always remember and practice
September 4, 2019 at 5:25 pm #4934Shilpiaa VermaParticipant@shilpiaa
Key Takeaways Class 1
It’s very important to have key learning in any session, we are attending to experience or gain knowledge. This 1st class on Introduction to content writing provided me a great insight about this course.
My first key takeaway is to understand the importance of message while writing down any piece of content. If, I myself is not clear about the message to be conveyed, all my writing efforts will go in vain. Secondly I learned about what makes a piece of content i.e. “Message, Language and Style”. Thirdly it’s very important to write short sentences so that our message is clearly conveyed. Fourth important point is to develop our own writing style in order to develop my voice as a writer. My 5th key takeaway is that effective writing process comprises of 5 basic steps i.e. “Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Editing and Proofreading , Publishing”. Next I understood the importance of Prewriting while creating structure for any piece of writing and topic selection is first and most important part of Prewriting. I also understood that Paragraph Writing is building block of any content and how important it is to write only one idea in one paragraph. My another learning in this session was to practically experience how to write Profession Bio. Last but not the least my final takeaway was to understand the importance of Reading and Research in order to develop strong content writing skills.
September 4, 2019 at 6:53 pm #4936Anju BahlParticipant@anju
Key Takeaways From Class Dated 18th August 2019
Today we had our first class on Content Writing.It was an eye opener for me.Main emphasis was laid on being honest and authentic in your work.It was very encouraging to understand that writing is an ongoing process,it needs perseverance.Many rules regarding short and meaningful sentences were discussed.It was instructed on how to create an account on Word Press.It was told that we could publish our content on Word Press.How to write a Professional Formal Bio was also explained.Clarity of key idea and SOP(Statement Of Purpose)was also given.Use of Hemingway App for better,short and crisp sentences was thrown light upon.Every writer has his or her own unique style which reflects his or her work.Writing process and its steps were discussed too.Overall it was a very different and informative session.
September 4, 2019 at 7:08 pm #4938Anju BahlParticipant@anju
Key Takeaways From Class Held On 24th August 2019
Common Grammar Errors
The content should be original.Certain rules should be followed to make the content better.
Avoid Wordy sentences.Quality of sentences should be retained.No complicated terminology should be used.Write core concept.Shorten it,make it crisper,don’t use empty words.Good writing is dense and concise.Don’t kill the richness and expressiveness just to shorten the sentence.To make the sentence impactful,certain phrases and constructions should be avoided.Examples—due to,in spite of,for the purpose of,in the near future,in my personal opinion.Use active voice.The context should be meaningful and qualitative.
Avoid Awkward Sentences.Read out aloud.Develop an ear for hearing.More methodical way to fix awkward sentences is by identifying subject and verb.Then choose the noun.Ask questions about the core subject,the action verbs.Try to choose a strong action verb and not a ‘be’verb.Action verbs give trigger,make you feel and give impulse.
Avoid Intensifiers and Qualifiers in awkward sentences.Intensifiers add weight to a sentence or intensify it.Examples—really,very,so.Qualifiers indicate the limits of your claim.Examples–probably,occasionally,might,in some cases,for the most part,somewhat.
We should avoid ‘to be’ verbs such as-is,are,was,am.being and been.These verbs only act like an equals sign,linking one part of the sentence to the next.Choose to convey action and detail rather than the state of being.
Avoid Passive Voice Constructions.It is a backward sentence that focuses on the recipient too much rather than on the doer of the action.Determine what the real subject is and what it is doing,then reword accordingly.
Avoid unnecessary Helping Verbs like be,have.
These verbs stay hidden in sentences because they are converted into nouns.For incorporating hidden verbs,writers need additional verbs to impart sense to their sentence.
Capitalization—Where to use?
Capital letters are to be used—in case of first letter,direct quotations or dialogues,major words in titles,cities,countries,languages,nationalism,companies and national parties,racial,social and ethnic groups,academic subjects,proper nouns,particular periods,eras,historical events with proper names,days,months,holidays,locations(in case of particular locations.
Exceptions–names of seasons like winter,summer etc.,centuries and numbers before them.
Where not to use?
The first word after a colon except when a proper noun follows a colon.
Parallel Structures or Parallelism
To maintain clarity,words or phrases in a list should be in a similar or parallel form.This problem often occurs in case of Resumes and reflects poorly on the applicant.
A modifier is a clause, phrase or word that describes another word,phrase or clause.Many times writers use modifiers incorrectly,leading to strange and unintentionally funny sentences.There are two types of modifiers—Misplaced and Dangling.It becomes very difficult for the reader to read smoothly.Misplaced modifier is placed too far from the word it modifies making the sentence awkward and confusing. Dangling modifier is a word,phrase or a clause that describes something that has been out of the sentence.When there is nothing that a word,a phrase or a clause can modify the modifier is said to dangle.
September 4, 2019 at 11:51 pm #4944manoj guptaParticipant@mkgupta
THE KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM THE CLASS 1/ECT.
MK GUPTA /BATCH-24
The class started with the introduction of the students belonging to diverse stream and background. All of them had one thing common that each one had come up with some overwhelming aspirations to learn the art of content writing. Since a long time i had known that writing is an art but here I got to realize how it is science as well. We came to learn how we have to keep abreast of the information and development in various subject-mater. The instructor emphasized on learning new things.As learning new things is the central characteristic of the writers that, at large, will help us shape up our perspective and expand our area of logical thinking. For taking the maximum benefit of the course we have to write every day, participate actively in the class, ask questions and doubts and learn from the others’ mistakes. These concerns were the main among others Saket Sir tried to emphasize on maximum.
At the very first beginning of the session goal setting in relation to learning content writing started. We learned how we have to go through the entire course and make some action plan for maximum learning form the class. Our activity is divided into two parts -writing activity and reading activity. In writing activity we have to go by the assignments after each class and in reading activity we have to clear the concept of using error free words and sentences with the help of grammar and on the other hand we have to make our vocabularies rich through study material on word power.
We came to know about the objectives of the course successively. These objectives essentially focus on transforming our writing style, boosting efficiency and productivity, making us learn various types of writing, learning business of content writing, monetizing our skills and helping us become published author and publisher.
As the lecture on objectives of the course ended we got started with the things that make a piece of content. It was guided by the instructor that we need mainly three things-the message we want to convey, the language we are going to make use of and the style we develop through our writing practices. All these things better taken care of while writing a piece of content, can generate powerful content. As a writer we have to be always clear about the message we wish to convey, use short sentences and develop our own voice.
We learnt about steps involved in the effective writing process. There are some of the things constituted which need to be followed while going through the entire writing process. Prewriting is one of them which is of great importance.The steps to be followed are the selection of the topic, pitching down of the purpose statement, making research, writing down the important information and message and here we organize the information to create a structure. The purpose writing is the central theme of the prewriting process whose main concept is our own understanding of the topic we are going to write on. Drafting is another step in the way of learning effective writing process. It helps us connect the different ideas and gives the first picture we are going to create about the content. Revising is another writing process which is done with the aim to finding out the areas where our content is lacking its significance. Research is another important aspect where we look at the things with different perspective, opinions, and the thought process meeting the actual demand of the content. Then comes the editing and proof reading where we edit the sentences with suitable words and removing the grammatical mistakes.
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September 5, 2019 at 3:36 pm #4946hemendra chaturvediParticipant@hemen
Hi everyone! I am writing this stuff in order to mention what my key takeaways are from the first class i took in ECT with Mr.Saket. The first and foremost thing which i took was the various aspects of writing. The art of writing is not easy, although it’s not that tough. One needs to keep focus while drafting anything, about the silly mistakes one may commit. It’s about putting the small things altogether into consideration while writing any content. One needs to be specific and stick to the point while writing anything.
The second thing which I have gone through was the writing process which consists of Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing and Proofreading and finally Publishing.
The entire process of Writing was something which I learnt thoroughly.
And finally I have gone through a Professional Bio. What Professional bio is all about, viewing certain examples of it. I also understood how to keep the message simple and crisp, with not more than five words in a sentence and five sentences in a Paragraph. One message in a single paragraph. For every other thought or message, there should be another paragraph.
I also learnt about how to build on the vocabulary.
September 5, 2019 at 5:22 pm #4947Sambit RayParticipant@raysam12
The first class of ECT batch-24 was taken by Saket Sir on 1st Sept.2019. The key takeaways from that class are:
First, each student gave a brief introduction about themselves. Then, the class began, and we learnt about the basics of content writing in detail. We were told to research about plethora of different topics, which would eventually help us to write better. Thereafter, the trainer briefed us about what makes a decent piece of content; especially, author’s clarity of message, his style of writing and language. We were also told to write small paragraphs of not more than five lines and of 18-20 words max. per sentence.
Style is the most important trait for any content writer, and it can vary from one writer to another, we were further told. Next the trainer stressed upon the importance of pre-writing and doing basic research before any content delivery. We also learnt about the effective writing process in detail , and the various steps involved in it.
In the last component of the class, Saket sir taught us how to write a professional bio and the steps involved in it. We were told that in order to write a good professional bio , one has to start with what he/she is doing currently, followed by their area of expertise or the client list, and end it with their educational background, hobbies or interests.
All in all, it was a good learning for me, and I learnt quite a few new things in the very first class of content marketing at ECT!
September 7, 2019 at 1:48 pm #4973Hemika HemikaParticipant@hemika
keys take away from the class on 1 September 2019
The class started with the brief introduction about the ETC trainer and all the participants.
Than trainer gave us a brief introduction about the course content writing. Than we were instructed to follow some schedule to flourish our career as a good content writer. the instruction sheet started with the 5 different activities first the assignment , reading the chosen topic, doing one grammar lesson daily and writing keys take away from the class.
We also discussed the importance of goal setting for any purpose to achieve i the particular goal easily.
After that we discussed the key elements of content – the massage the style and the language. These elements can make a writing piece worthy for readers.
for another hour we discussed the writing process Pre-writing – Drafting- Revising- Editing and proof reading- Publishing.
Pre writing is the key step to write any content as in this step we can do all our research related to topic. We can go through same piece of content to know better about the topic. We decide whole structure of the content in this step itself. We have to devote most of the time in this topic only.
Pre-writing make other steps more easy to follow. Every step has its own key point to be followed while writing.
A writer should be very much clear with the message behind the content he is going to write. Writer should be ready with a purpose statement so that he can serve the content in a better way.
Afterwards we discussed the first topic howto write a professional bio professional bio is a summary of the educational qualification and area of expertise of a person we discussed. We were also assigned the assignment to write our own professional bio.
At last we discussed about another key points of writing like word limit of a paragraph we also learnt the use of vocab.All in all the class gave the introduction to the course and the main elements of writing qualities and process of writing.
September 22, 2019 at 1:45 pm #5222Nikita AnandParticipant@nikita
Today in the classroom,I have been introduced to the objectives and process of content writing. Saket sir emphasized on the relevant objective of transforming content writing through the five steps model of writing : prewriting , drafting,
revising, editing and proofreading and publishing. However, many young writers avoid going through a linear model of writing and jump to the stage of drafting one or two drafts and make it final containing lots of language related problems and sometimes ambiguity in the message. I will try to write using this process. I liked the distinction taken up on the topic selection based on positive and negative nature of the subject, people, place and thing. Most of the times, young and creative writers lack with the list of topics, often take up most abstract or unrealistic topic and suffer during the process of writing. Learning about the professional bio through examples was also an admirable style of discussing. This topic created an interest in me to write my own professional bio and make it spread in the public for reading and giving voice to the works I have done so far. I expect more from this course in the coming classes.
September 22, 2019 at 2:25 pm #5224PrashantParticipant@prashant
Today’s key take away from the 4 hours of session which had on Sunday,22nd sep 2019 was very insightful which open our minds how content writing plays a important role.Mr.Saket was very patient communicative and through interactive sessions all those who were first timers including me was inspired by his knowledge and the way he explains the step by step process was very crucial. He thought us pre writing, drafting plays a very important role in writing, one should do research properly before choosing any topic and once decide the outline you should first keep on writing and then after that through humingen app correct our mistakes until and unless we get minimum 10 score.
September 22, 2019 at 6:33 pm #5245Bhalchandran RamaswamyParticipant@bala-r
The purpose of this write-up is to summarize the learning of the Session 1 and to check the understanding of the content that has been taught.
After a round of self-introduction by participants, Saket introduced the content writing course. He guided on how the participants should submit the assignments. He elaborately discussed the basics of content writing.
He went on to explain the flow of content writing. Pre-writing covers topic selection, research and purpose statement. One should give good time to research before writing the purpose statement. Purpose statement might need modification in case of inadequate research.
After a brief break, Saket focused on the drafting and its dos and don’ts. He emphasized on sentence formation. He followed this up with the structuring of paragraphs and the content’s layout.
Saket then navigated the participants through the Hemingway app and explained its usability.
Saket gave the participant their first assignment – to write their professional bio. Samples of professional bio were discussed
In conclusion, Saket set the stage for the course. He introduced the participants to what to look forward in the course.
September 22, 2019 at 8:28 pm #5247Kunal KhanujaParticipant@kunalkhanuja
Key takeaways from the first class- The class begain with alot of enthusiasm,with the will of urge from everyone to learn.
The class begain through introduction of each and every student, to the introduction of our sir Mr.Saket Singh. Then he dwel on towards the introduction of the class,the basic overview of Content Writing.He then went on to explain us what all we could expect through the course and also how benifiticial it would be for us. The class also helped us to find what all could be our topics for good content in the future. Futhermore we got to know how much process it goes into writing,and how a content written should be precise and appealing. Further what I really liked was the oppurtunity for us to write our own blogs through the help of this class,as I have always had ideas as such but never really know how to construct them,and maybe this class would really help me in it.
I really hope I could take as much as possible from this class and really wish my wifi works properly the next time,so I dont loose time on working on the internent more as compared to the class.
September 22, 2019 at 9:19 pm #5254Sravani LParticipant@sravanya
It was a very confusing morning, just before the session, as I did not have enough confidence on my writing skills.
But, Saketh had made it much simpler with the interactive session about Content Writing.
Saketh gave us an overview of Professional bio which happens to be our first Assignment.
As a writer, one should be clear about the message one wants to convey in an understandable language to the reader with their writing skills.
It was interesting to know about the process of writing, which includes pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing and proofreading and lastly publishing.
Pre-writing plays a keyrole in the process of writing. Be clear about the topic with proper research by writing down the important points and finally forming a proper structure.
Try revising the draft aloud with feedbacks by removing obvious statements.
Saketh taught us the usage of Hemingway app, how to edit and proofread through it.
Finally, publish the content right away as there will not be any other day for publishing.
Concluding, it was very useful session and looking forward to learn more from the upcoming sessions.
September 22, 2019 at 9:53 pm #5256Divya KarneParticipant@divya
Key takeaways of class 1:
The class started with the introduction of content writing. Saket then explained us how to use google drive to submit assignments. He explained about Goal setting and then explained about objectives of content writing. He spoke about the key elements of content- message, style and language.
Saket then explained us about 5 steps of effective writing process which includes Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Editing and proof reading and Publishing. We then learnt about each step in detail.
In Prewriting Saket spoke about topic selection and the importance of the purpose statement. We then spoke about how to write a professional bio and then Saket showed us few examples of Professional bio.
The second step includes Drafting and Saket spoke about sentences and paragraphs. Then he spoke about revising and editing. Also, Saket showed us how to use Hemingway app. In the end Saket spoke about milestones which we should achieve.
September 22, 2019 at 10:30 pm #5257Nida UsmaniParticipant@usmaninida
The purpose of this writing is to summarise what we have learnt in the first class of content writing.
Writing and writers are beyond boundaries,this I have learnt through introduction of students.All the students are from different working and educational fields.
To write everyday is the important key takeaway from the first class.
I have also learnt basics of content writing.To develop your own style and voice because everyone have different perspective.With different voice your message of writing should be clear.
I learnt that topic selection and research on that topic is mandatory.
Writing professional bio is the main key take away from the class.Some other take aways are to use actuve voice,keep your sentences short.
I have also read some good examples of professional bio.
I also came to know about heming way app and grammarly app.Both apps are new to me as I have never heard about these apps.These apps are going to help in effective writing.
In total,whole session was a key take away for me because i have learnt alot in the very first session.
It was a day full of fun,knowledge and all about upgrading my skills.
September 23, 2019 at 8:30 am #5260Arpitha DParticipant@arpitha
Key takeaways from the first class conducted on 22 September 2019
The class started with students in offline and online platforms introducing themselves by stating their name, profession, one strength and one weakness.
The class progressed towards an introduction by the host (Saket Singh),schedule of classes and information about upcoming assignments.
The primary objectives of the course is to develop a writing style and monetize it effectively.
To attain objectives in any field of interest, it is important to learn the basics as it gives an idea of what one can look forward to. With that in mind, I was eager to learn the basics of content writing.
Basics of content writing includes three key elements being Message, Language and Style.
The purpose of content creation is the expression of an idea, thought, information concept or theories in written format to convey a message in a structured form. Language is an essential necessity of effective communication. Therefore, to convey a message, a sufficient grasp of the chosen language (to write content) would be beneficial.The host emphasized on the importance of developing one’s own writing style. In an ever-growing world of technology and information, it is common to get inspired by people’s work but the action should be to follow one’s own unique expression of voice.
Effective Writing Process includes Prewriting,Drafting,Revising,Editing and Publishing.
Prewriting involves researching on the chosen topic,establishing a purpose statement, creating a structured foundation for the content. In the initial segment of class, the host advised to read and write everyday. I believe adapting that habit will greatly benefit the prewriting stage. The next step is drafting which is composing the content with flexibility to any upcoming changes.It is advisable to complete the draft in one sitting without taking breaks. Drafting is followed by revising and editing.Revising is reading the content out loud and recognising the changes to be made.There should be a gap of time between drafting and revising.Editing and Proofreading is checking spellings and grammatical errors. And, lastly publishing the content to the intended audience.
September 23, 2019 at 8:40 am #5261Vaishnavi T KunderParticipant@vaishnavi
The purpose of this writing is to brief out the first session I attended in ECT.
The session was divided into 2 parts, which were taken by Saket sir.
In the first half , evryone introduced themselves, told their interests , weakness and strengths.
The main objective of the course is to transform our writing style and prepare us for for publishing our writings.
It was told to us that for the course to be fully beneficial , we have to write everyday for atleast 30 minutes .
The session also glanced us through the basics of content writing. Having our own style of writing and developing your voice is a major aspect of writing.
We also learnt to write a professional bio. We also read a few good examples of professional bio.
Couple of apps were mentioned to us which would help us improve our writing. Firstly the Hemingway app and the gram rely app. Both of which were new to me .
Overall through the first session I came to know the details of what writing actually should be. A lot of knowledge gained in the first session itself.
September 23, 2019 at 9:48 am #5262Tarana HansParticipant@tarana
So yesterday I had my classroom session of ‘introduction to content writing’
Saket sir started the class by introducing himself, and the vision of the institute.
Then everybody else introduce themselves as well.
Today I would like to share few major keynotes which I learned and experienced myself in the class –
Always be clear of what you are writing!
What exactly is a piece of content?
A piece of content isn’t depended on a single thing, rather it’s a combination of 3 major Elements.
What all elements are included in effective writing process?
Well, it’s not rocket science. These elements are interrelated to each other. In short from pre-drafting to publishing it only demands your concentration & patience.
Last but not the least focus on your word counts always!
It has to be 18 or less words, try the above key notes & see the change in your writing.
September 23, 2019 at 11:27 am #5264Tara KandpalParticipant@tara
The purpose of the write up to summarize learning from session 1 which had on 22nd September from 0900Hours to 1300 Hours in Education, career and Training. The session had started from an introduction round in which online and offline student has participated. Mr Sanket was our trainer of session 1. He has introduced his life journey with the Team. He has shared how he achieved these successes in their professional life. He has described how to become a good Writer and shared the career opportunity for a content writer.
Followings are the key learning from the session.
First major learning was how to deliver content to our target audience whose live example of Mr Sanket. He is a very good facilitator and knew to deliver things to their stakeholder.
Second major learning was Understanding the concept of Content writing and structure of pre-writing to post writing.
Third Major learning was How to uses of the app for proofreading of paragraphs.
September 23, 2019 at 11:49 am #5265Lopamudra DasParticipant@lopamudra
Purpose statement –
Summary of the topic of learning
Nothing could be a great start as yesterday’s class.
The introduction session with other mates gave me a clear idea, from which work field
people are curious to enter into content writing. This is nothing, but that helps me to get
a supposition of importance and future competition that can arise in this industry.
Let’s get started with the key takeaways which accomplished my knowledge.
The interaction started with the topic which elements are essentially needed to make a
content crispy. Or the main 3 aspects of writing.
I learnt Message, Language and Style, these are the three main or better to say
essences of the content.
Holding a pen, intending to scribe on a paper isn’t the main characteristic of a writer.
The word heap will be established depending on a message which a writer wants to
convey to his readers. And always try to come up with a narrow topic, so that at the time
of writing you don’t get confused what was your main topic.
“So.. we can title Message as a “soul” of the content”
The second important thing which is the language. When you are completed with your message, then consider in which language you want to publish your masterpiece.
“The Art doesn’t have any language”, but that isn’t rational at least in case of writing.
You should have strong adroitness over the grammar and word plucking of that
“Because a language would be your entrance through which readers will
set foot into your content.”
Then comes the third element which provides the visual gratification and tone to your
Layout format, the voice of the article these come into this category.
“So, we can title it as an external beauty of the content.”
Then Mr Saket showed and explained the “Effective writing process” which categorised
in five parts.
Prewriting* Drafting* Revision* Editing and proofreading* Publishing.
Here the prewriting concept was moderately unknown to me. We get a clear idea about
the “purpose statement” and the significance of it.
In drafting part we came to know how to structure the sentences with the right volume
of words. Similarly, the paragraph follows the rule where a certain amount of sentences
can be placed into a single paragraph.
There were a few pieces of advice on increasing the readability of the article which I am
sure will help me to write efficiently.
“Cause ultimately this is the matter of reading which a reader will do. ”
In the part of revision and editing, we came to know about different tools and
techniques which help to produce better content.
September 23, 2019 at 12:07 pm #5266Aastha BhatiaParticipant@aastha
The purpose of writing this is to revise and recollect some key takeaways from my first Content Writing class.
As it is rightly said, “Content is the King” in today’s digital era. So, I, being a Social Media Marketer decided to add and enhance my Content writing skills with ECT. I attended my first class on Content Writing yesterday. Mr. Saket, Our trainer, amended my perception towards the world of writing.
My first and foremost takeaway from the class was a very important one i.e it’s an ‘alien’ concept to say that people are born writers. You don’t necessarily need an English honors background to become a writer. Anybody who knows’s the message to be conveyed, a thought to be shared can pursue writing. Start writing, that’s important.
My second key takeaway was yet another interesting one. In a population of over 100 crores – Every reader in this country can’t possibly love the same writing style and every writer can’t possibly have the same writing style, therefore, Develop your own voice. You don’t have to follow what others follow, you’ll end up losing your own uniqueness.
Lastly, Publish what you write. It is important to make your piece of Content to be published to your readers.
Keeping these 3 key takeaways with me and looking forward to many such inisghts to nurture my writing style.
September 23, 2019 at 12:43 pm #5267shaloo ahujaParticipant@shalooahuja
Key Takeawa class12 batch 026
The class on September 22nd started on a positive note of learning content writing by Mr Saket Singh. We introduced ourselves telling why we wanted to pursue the course.
The class was divided into two sessions.The first topic was basics of content writing.The three main parts of which being message which we wanted to convey to the readers, language and style.Mr Singh also told us about pre writing which is the building block of content writing.
Pre writing is the core of content writing It includes topic selection, purpose statement, research, writing down important informed and organising it.
The second session dealt with the topic of writing a Professional Bio. Usage of active and passive voice in the Professional Bio.We were also introduced to the Hemingway app which was totally new to me..I also came to know the importance of using short sentences.Avoiding bullet points.Writing separate paras for each idea you want to convey.
In my opinion I would learn a lot from this programme and am looking forward to more informative sessions.
September 23, 2019 at 1:25 pm #5268Preeti SharmaParticipant@preeti
KEY TAKEAWAYS OF THE FIRST CLASS
The first session tells us how to create a good content effectively. There are some key factors to be kept in mind while writing a good content.
But firstly, let us know the basic components of a content. It consists of a message, the language and the style. A writer should always know the message clearly what he/she wants to convey to the readers. Then, it should be readable and easily understandable by the target audience. And lastly, it should have an essence of its own, that is the individual thought of the writer.
Now, let us come to the effective writing process.
It consists of prewriting, in which we have to select a topic first. Then, we should write a short statement to summarize the core of the entire content to help understand the complete write up. Then, we should research about the content to hold a proper grip over the topic.
Then comes the drafting, where we will structure the whole prewriting contents immediately. While drafting we should make meaningful and short sentences to ensure content’s readability.
Here, it is important to draft a minimal word limit of 18-25 words. Because a longer sentence might tends to loose its readability. We should structure a content in small and connecting paragraphs to maintain the interest of the reader.
After this, we will revise the entire content by saying it loudly to make sure how logical and sensible it sounds.
Then we should do proof reading and editing of the content to avoid mistakes.
And finally, after all this process our content is ready to publish.
September 23, 2019 at 7:16 pm #5270Anil MehtaParticipant@anilmehta
Message: What new did I learn in Class 1, Batch #26
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.
September 23, 2019 at 7:26 pm #5271Anil MehtaParticipant@anilmehta
I had posted my note above today morning itself. Instead of pasting it at appropriate post, i did it as Reply to post #4851. Not finding it among class fellows’ posts, i have now posted it again now. I hope this is in order.
October 14, 2019 at 9:56 am #5491Anuradha LondheParticipant@anuradhasanjay
Introduction to content writing
After the Goal setting class, this was the first class of content writing. with many queries and doubts in mind, like a student I was ready.
what makes a piece of content good-
There should be a message, good language and should have some style.
When you select a topic, you should be clear about what message you are giving to your readers ie you should reach to your readers easily.
This is very important. I thought now I should go back to all my writings and see if I have done so.
The most important thing is you should not “copy” anyone’s style.
Its very important to use your own words,
experiences and examples. They should be apt to the environment you belong to.
When you think of writing, few things are important.
Clarity in your subject. Thus pre writing should be done. Once you take your time in pre writing, the next steps become easy. You should create a proper structure. Do lot of research. Don’t start till you are convinced about the views . Be ready with the points to be expressed and example or experiences to be quoted.
Drafting should be done in one sitting without any distraction. If its a big article, you can take 2/3 sittings but it should be without distraction.
Next step is revising, where not only grammer but the flow of the article should be checked.
Then comes editing and proofreading, and then publishing.
When you write Professional Bio, Few things should be followed-
You can write in first person or third person as you like. It should be paragraphed properly ie subject wise.
Whatever work you write should be revised.
It should be read aloud.
You should also ask someone to read and give feedback.
Don’t repeat the obvious
things in writing.
Use of Hemingway app and Grammerly app for checking the document.
The transition of main idea should be smooth.
The last but not the least, It should be visually appealing.
The session was very informative. Now looking forward for more classes.
October 14, 2019 at 3:56 pm #5493ArchanaParticipant@archana
The introduction to content writing class gave us a bird’s eye view on content writing. It gave us a basic idea about how to write a content piece. We learnt that there must be a purpose to write a content. It is very important to know the purpose for which we are writing. We must be sure of the message we want to deliver through article.
We learnt about the basic components of content writing.
The first important component is the message we want to deliver.
The second component is the language. Language should be clear and understandable. It should be error free. Sentences must be short and easy to understand. A paragraph should not be too lengthy. It should contain a single idea and must be precise.
Another important component is writing style. We should not copy styles. We must evolve our own style.
Then we learnt about the process of content writing. We should write a clear cut purpose statement before moving further. Then we should research a lot around it before writing.
The writing process starts with prewriting. It involves writing our research in a structured manner as a framework of our article. Then comes drafting the article. Next step is revising it for coherence and obvious mistakes. We should read it aloud to check if it makes sense. We can also ask for feedback from others.
Editing and proofreading make our article readable and appealing. We also learnt about editing tools such as Grammarly and Hemingway Editor. The last step is publishing our article.
At the end we got our assignments for the week after discussing the key points of the class.
October 14, 2019 at 4:58 pm #5494Swati RanjanParticipant@swati
Today in our second class we have learned about basics of content writing. It has three parts- The message, The language and The style.
As we have learnt any article should have clear message. So our first priority should be clear about what we have to portray through aur article. We have to be clear about our message.
After clear about our views we should focus on our language. We should write short sentences. There should be not more than 18 words in one sentence.
Style is a unique weapon which every true writer owns. It should be our own voice. From our own life experience. Every writer owns there own style.
We also learned about Effective writing process. It includes Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Editing and proof reading and then Publishing in details.
October 14, 2019 at 6:33 pm #5495Ishan WadhwaParticipant@izersocial
The second lesson of the ECT Content Writing Course was dedicated to the effective writing process. I will now attempt to distill the lesson into a summary in my own words.
The three components of content – the message, the language and the style – define its relative quality. Therefore, it is crucial for any aspiring writer to: know their message, use clear and short sentences, and develop their own stylistic voice.
Next comes the effective writing process. It comprises of five components. Let’s go through them individually, as they’re all equally important to the final content.
1. Prewriting – We initiate the process by choosing a topic. The more specific a topic is, the easier it will be to define the content.
Next, we write a purpose statement. This has to be clear cut and concise, to help the content remain on point. It also aids us in specialising during the next step, which is thorough research of the topic.
The notes of the research get collated and arranged in bullet points for easy utilisation. Thereafter, we decide the final element of prewriting, which is the structure.
The rule of thumb for the structure is that it should be detailed enough to allow anyone else to write based on it as well. This includes deciding references, noting sources, and placing various elements in the optimal location.
The aim of prewriting is to remove the stress of information collection beforehand. This guarantees a less stressed writing environment, and also makes it easy to stick to the topic.
2. Drafting – this step is completely isolated from all research and data collection. This should preferably be done in one or more uninterrupted sittings, to ensure coherence and flow.
Drafting is begun with the writing of a sentence. This has specifically defined characteristics – a word range of 18 to 25, the use of active voice, and simple word choice, along with random person tests when possible. Most importantly, a sentence has to convey one complete, coherent meaning.
Next, we write a paragraph. Including facts and sources in support of one’s argument is a must, as well as sticking to 5 lines or under per paragraph. The latter is definitely made easier when we observe the Unity paradigm. Under this Unity of Paragraph, one paragraph contains only one idea, or at least closely related ones.
In the last step, we already defined the structure, so naturally, defining the body of the text is not particularly difficult. What’s important is the title, introduction and conclusion. The introduction has to encompass the aims of the piece. The conclusion, on the other hand, has to satisfactorily end the progression and summarise.
The title is much more important, though. In the age of shortening attention spans that we inhabit, the title has to be catchy enough to attract readers, while at the same time skirting the line between truth and perjury. At the end of this step, we are left with a finished draft, ready for revision and proofreading.
3. Revising – We begin by reading the draft out loud. Major structural and language based errors can be weeded out in this way. If possible, one should also aks friends for a read-through. This eliminates creator bias to a large extent.
Next, we check for coherence and the internal connectivity of ideas. Sentences and paragraphs should smoothly transition between each other.
Clarity comes with clear cut and concise sentences. This means that we next need to root out the wordy sentences as well as remove the obvious. This leads to a trimmed word count.
4. Editing and proofreading – we finally put our content through the electronic wringer. First comes the syntax check in Hemingway app, and then the grammar check in Grammarly.
After this evaluation, comes a final checklist. This includes – is the content visually appealing enough, does it contain all required sections as per the structure, does it fulfill the objective stated in the mission statement, and do the ideas transition well amongst each other.
5. Publishing – the content is now ready to be released out amongst the world’s reading populace!
We also experienced a practical lesson when we utilised the effective writing method in writing a professional bio
October 14, 2019 at 6:57 pm #5496Sanjay SharmaParticipant@sanjayk6f
The 2nd class, dedicated to the introduction of content writing.
We have learned the essential mechanisms of content writing. There are three crucial elements, those help to the writer –A message, the language and the style.
Before writing, the writer must have clarity about peace of message, which he is going to write. Individuals follow the writer because of his style that means a clear structure of writing.
The structure has five significant stepladders – prewriting, drafting, revising, editing & proofreading and publishing. All these steps have their importance.
The prewriting stage is more decisive. It covers topic selection, purpose statement, research and creating a structure that gives focus, direction and clear picture to the writer.
We draft the content by using certain rules including writing short & complete sentences. Practice active voice, avoiding the wordy sentence. Make 5 lines paragraph with facts and numbers to support the claim.
We check smooth sounding, wordy sentence, checking coherence, reading aloud and removing obvious at the revising stage. We shift lines and also introduce the Hemingway app at this stage.
The fourth one is, editing & proofreading at this point we check grammar and punctuation.
Finally, it goes for publishing.
In the 2nd session, we identified how to write professional-bio. The teacher taught us, difference between third-person and first-person writing.
October 18, 2019 at 9:19 pm #5587Shaily RaiParticipant@shelz
After setting up our goals in the first class, we got into the second class that introduced us to content writing. We were given a bird eye’s view about content writing to know what we were getting into. A content is made up of three parts– A message, the language and style. We should make sure to avoid lengthening a sentence to more than eighteen words. In addition to that, a writer should develop his own style of writing rather than trying to copy someone else’s.
After explaining the do’s and dont’s, we got into the writing process. It is a step wise process of writing any article. These steps were– prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and finally, publishing. Prewriting is the most crucial part of writing. It makes you understand the purpose of writing on that topic before doing a thorough research on it. Prewriting gives you clarity which makes drafting a tad bit easier. Drafting is the whole writing process that follows. We shouldn’t be mindful about the errors we make during drafting, since that would be all looked upon in the later steps. While revising, I learned that it is necessary to read the article out aloud. It makes us understand the flow and structure of the article.
We got introduced to Hemingway app which is useful in pointing out complex sentences and errors. There was another useful site called app.grammarly.com which is used for pointing out grammatical mistakes as well as correcting them. These sites can be beneficial for editing and make the process easier. After confirming that the article is appealing and error-free, we can finally publish/ submit the article for the world to see.
Thereafter, we were taught how to write a professional bio as an example. We were given an assignment to write the same accordingly, along with other assignments. Thus concluded our second class at content writing.
November 11, 2019 at 10:24 am #5727Radhika AgrawalParticipant@radhika
Key take away from Class1
INTRODUCTION TO CONTENT WRITING.
Before introduction to actual topic involved , an introductery session of the candidates.It reflected there passion and love for writing despite of dissimilarity in educational and professional background. Everyone had a different style different hand in writing but the cause was common.I was appreciating my presence between like minded heads .
I have heard about smart classes but have experienced it for the first time , the lecture delivered in class was streaming online for the students situated in other part of country. And though a commonly used technique nowadays but witnessing it for the first time I was amazed with the technology.
The approach of teaching was purely practical , the basic fundamentals like “Importance of Prewriting” which I usually skip, was taught. The other topics like drafting, Reaserch, editing and proofing were also new for me and helpful.
We were introduced with “How to write Professional BIO” which i find very interesting. I remember my days when i was working and how i struggled to get my perfect professional bio written for website. The first assignment was related to writing personal bio of ourself , it kept me enthusiastic whole day. In my mind I kept on building blocks in form of paragraphs about it contents as taught precisely in the class. And this time i did not skip my prewriting before Drafting.
I studied the fundamental related with paragraph when i was returning home from class in metro train ,while reading the book “The Great Gatsby” I began to observe each paragraph closely and could find each of them conveying a or describing a particular situation or thought and though are interconnected with each other. I started admiring the books more as i am able to see the hardwork of a writer. First class and the difference is already visible .
November 11, 2019 at 12:39 pm #5734Priyanka mauryaParticipant@priyankamaurya
My class of “Basics of Content Writing” was taken by Mr. Saket Singh on 09 November 2019.
My main takeaway from class was the process of prewriting. I learned the method of selecting topic, process of writing purpose and doing research. I also learned to create the structure of content in chronological order for proper flow. In prewriting process I understood my previous mistakes, I made in my WordPress Blogs.
I also learned, as a writer we need to be clearer about message we want to deliver and use an active voice in order to make short sentences, so our content will have no unnecessary words and reader will not feel monotonous. As a writer we also need to develop our writing style which reflects our nature of writing. Whether, it is humorous, poetic or fact full.
In the subtopic of Drafting, I learned importance of writing maximum 25 words in a sentence with full message for good readability. While creating paragraph we should cover one idea in each paragraph and next paragraph should validate the first one.
In other subtopics, I learned the different ways of revising like reading out lot so we can understand if our writing is sounding good or not, taking a review from friends to check mistakes, remove the unnecessary words and sentences.
While discussing Professional Bio, we had given 3 good example of professional bio of Psychologist, Dentist, and CEO respectively. After discussing, I learned method of purpose statement and professional bio. In the end I realized how a writer gives a professions nature touch in Bio.
November 11, 2019 at 11:03 pm #5738Ruby YadavParticipant@ruby
The first class of ECT Batch -28 Was Taken By Saket Sir On 9th Nov. 2k19.
The KeyTakeaways From That Class Are:
First, Everyone gave their introduction
Than the class Began and Saket Tought us about basic of content writing in details.
Like: What make a piece of content writing:
first a message, We should know what we want to say to the readers by our content. Second the language we should use the correct and understandable language. So that readers will understand what we want to say. Third thing is STYLE: style is also the important factor for a writer. Every writer has their different writing style. For a good Content
always write short sentences because if we write short sentences readers will understand properly and if we write long sentences readers will confused. And thn we learnt about EFFECTIVE WRITING PROCESS: Prewriting-Drafting-Revising-Editing & Profreading-Publishing.
First we learn about Prewriting in detail The Prewriting is a most important part of writing. In Prewriting we learn about what we have to do in Prewriting: first we should know what we want to write(TOPIC) then we know the PURPOSE STATEMENT and we have to do some RESEARCH on the topic. It means we should know properly about our topic in full details. Then write down the Important Information and Message in Bullet points and Organise the Information so we can Create a Structure.
And then sir tought about drafting. In drafting: We learn about writing a sentence. A sentence convey a complete meaning. Always write a short sentences. Use active voice and Simple words. So readers can understand. and then Sir taught us when we write A paragraph we should remember that one para contain only one Idea. Write five lines in a Paragraph. Use Fact and Numbers to support a Claim. Then we learn about Revising in detail.
I learnt So Much From That Class.
November 13, 2019 at 2:33 am #5765Amit MauryaParticipant@amit_maurya
Introduction to content writing
My Day 1 at ECT .Our Mentor Mr. Saket Singh was about to start when I arrived in class. Started with Objectives of the course, we learned that this course can help us in career building and improving personal writing as well. To take maximum advantage of the course we should ask questions immediately and not to wait for Saket sir to finish the topic. We were introduced to Google Drive which help us in submitting assignments.
We learned about effective writing process. Prewriting is foundation to it. Then drafting process. We learned to write sentences, try not to exceed 18-25 word limit using active voice mostly. While writing paragraphs, 5 lines are max limit containing one idea.
We learned how we can write a good professional bio. Writing as a third person reference, starting from present then write about past, validate the information given, are some key points while writing a good professional bio.
We also learned about some interesting fact that concentration time of a person is gone drastically down from 7seconds to 3seconds between 2011-2019. We need to learn to write meaningful short sentences which convey message for all.
it was a great day at ECT.
November 25, 2019 at 7:55 am #5932Pankaj KumarParticipant@pankaj-spn
The main Takeaways from the class of “Introduction to the Content Writing” held on 24.11.2019
The first and the foremost thing is be yourself and make your own thought process. Don’t copy anyone’s style. That is the first step towards developing the writing skills.
The key essentials elements for writing are the message, language and the style. The sentences used should be short and simple. The message should be clear.
The content writing involves five steps viz Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Editing & Proofreading and Publishing. Among the above five steps, the most important step is Prewriting because it is the conception stage and whatever we think finally comes out as our idea. In prewriting we select the topic, do a lot of research, collects information about the topic and organise the ideas in a structured way.
While drafting, the primary focus should be on writing and if any secondary thought comes in mind, the research should be avoided at that time.
While writing paragraph, the facts and claims can be added to authenticate the information being provided in the write up.
Revise the contents and ensure that the flow/continuity is maintained. The help of Hemingway app to can be taken to find out the discrepancies.
Apart from above, it was very interactive and informative class.
November 25, 2019 at 11:17 am #5933Chitra SinghParticipant@chitra
Our first class on 24.11.19, 29th batch Mr. Saket singh took the whole session as he was our mentor.
The mentor and participants all were having good communication skills. Teaching style of our mentor was very great he was not just teaching us, rather interacting with us and that made 4 hrs long class enjoyable.
Basically it was an introductory class what creative writing actually is.
Through class activities we understood all the points live and better like 3 pillars of writing is THE MESSAGE one want to convey so for That TOPIC SELECTION should be exact what he wants to convey, LANGUAGE should not very hard to understand PURPOSE STATMENT in our class activity had made it more easy to understand the point and THE STYLE that every writer has his own.
All these should be unique and real not a copy because original makes a place in the heart of reader.
We came to knew how to right a PROFESSIONAL BIO as a third person which was really new for everybody.
So it was a great experience and hope to become a great writer soon under The guidance of saket sir.
November 25, 2019 at 12:32 pm #5934Adhiraj SrivastavParticipant@asraj
First of all, I would say having coaching or any institution in Connaught place is best thing because you don’t have problem travelling there.
So our class started with formal introduction of all and it was nice to know about everybody and then sanket sir our instructor introduce himself it was very profound to know about his journey and how one accident changes his life, Sir was very kind he gave us tea to drink and I am a tea lover so sometimes small things mean a lot.
First half was all about mostly introduction then after 15 minutes of break real story started the main part of the movie in which sir by an exercise given to us to choose a title for an article taught us how title and your content should match and then sir told us to be natural in your writing always go on our strength never try to copy someone and biggest lesson I got in this class was if we are discussing about some problem then we should tell solution of that problem not only discussing the problem in your content, and then we get to read different professional bio of lot of people on screen, which will be useful for our professional bio
Then by promise of completing all the assignment from our side we all said thank you to sir for that day
November 25, 2019 at 3:23 pm #5945Dimple VermaParticipant@dimplev
ECT’s content writing course has been designed for training novice and seasoned writers to become effective content writers. I attended the batch ‘029’ on 24th Nov 2019, which was taken by Mr. Saket Singh. Here are 6 key takeaways from this session that made it an interesting and a good learning experience for me:-
Alternative Career Paths – Mr. Saket shared with us his entrepreneurial journey to becoming a successful founder and CEO of SixPL and a mentor and trainer at ECT. It was an inspiring story and drove home the fact that there are indeed other fulfilling careers that one can pursue other than the traditionally coveted ones such as medicine and engineering. He told us about his blog “Career after Graduation’ which I plan to share with my teenage son.
Identifying the key elements of content and how to make sure that your content includes all of these – Any good content will have these essential key elements – (a) A message. As a writer, I must have a clear understanding of the message that I desire to convey through my writing. This, in turn, will require me to understand the end goal of writing any piece of content and scope the information that I am going to include in it.
(b) The Language. Don’t underestimate the importance of language for creating an engaging piece of content. Solid grammar and crisp and precise statements go a long way in attracting readers and keeping them engaged in the content that we create. The standard length of the sentences must be kept between 18 to 25 words. We can use the Hemmingway app to minimize mistakes and increase clarity in our sentences.
(c) The Style. Developing my voice is a critical aspect of developing my individualistic style of writing and creating solid content. Only this can help to set apart my writing from hundreds and thousands of other writers creating content on similar topics. I must not imitate anyone’s style but rather develop my own unique and authentic style of writing. This will not only attract readers but also boost my confidence.
Identifying the different stages involved in an effective writing process – These are Prewriting, Drafting Revising, Editing and Proofreading and then Publishing. Mr. Saket discussed with us in detail each of these stages that must be covered before we finally publish our content. One important thing I learned when discussing ‘Prewriting’ was how to write a crisp and precise purpose statement. Writing a sample topic name and a purpose statement during the class drove home a very important lesson. We must take care to avoid a lack of connection between the title and the body of a content piece. Scoping the information that we want to convey in our content helps to avoid this disconnect.
Writing a Sentence and a Paragraph – For effective writing, I must avoid fragments and employ grammatically correct and short sentences of 18 to 25 words. Also, avoid using passive voice unless it is essential. Do a random person test to review my writing. A paragraph is the smallest building block of a piece of content. I must stick to only one idea in a paragraph and there must essentially be a flow between the different paragraphs. Do not write more than 5 lines in a paragraph and support all claims with facts and numbers.
How to revise, edit and proofread my written piece of content
Writing a professional bio – We looked at some sample bios to understand how to write a good bio. I am going to use this learning to complete my first assignment.
I look forward to future sessions.
November 25, 2019 at 3:25 pm #5946Prema AnandParticipant@prema
The first session conducted by Mr. Saket Singh. He has set a tone for the training that is impending for the next few weeks.. As a trainer my expectation from a content writing course is clear after the session
Mr . Singh’s blog creation titled Career after Graduation that lead to ECT as a brand was very inspiring. I will include it as case study in my future training sessions.
The sessions, pre and post lunch took us through a sequence of course contents. The contents and course curriculum per se is already given , I would straight move to the most appealing moments of the training session.
The connect with the audience from various walks of life was good. The relevance of the course for each one’s benefit was clear in the introduction round itself..
I felt excited to know about the various types of writing. These included technical writing, academic writing, fiction writing etc.
Mr. Singh had discussed the evolution of writing as a career.
The plethora of options for making this as a career and how Mr. Singh and his team would help us achieve it was very encouraging.
Mr Singh also has used technology to the best use. We had fellow participants from as far as Vishakapatnam live with us through the class was another high point.
A very enriching session with lots of learning and I look forward to developing my writing skills.
November 25, 2019 at 3:59 pm #5947Anjana GambhirParticipant@anjana
Key take away from class held on 24.11.2019 are as mentioned below.
This course is meant for anyone who wants to enhance their writing skills. This course would also provide job opportunities as permanent placements in corporate houses and would also give opportunities for freelancing work.
In basics of writing it was discussed that before submitting the final article , a few steps should be followed. First step of content writing starts with prewriting which is basically collecting your thoughts and writing in structured manner. The sentences should be short and simple words should be used.
An assignment was given to choose a topic to write an article. With this assignment, we were able to find out that title of the article should be relevant to the content it is meant to convey.
Another key takeaway from the first class was that your writing should not get influenced by anyone else’s style, you should maintain your originality in style and thoughts
I learnt and enjoyed the session and look forward to improve my writing skills in upcoming sessions.
November 25, 2019 at 5:05 pm #5948
November 25, 2019 at 5:15 pm #5949
Key Takeaways, First Day# Introduction & Basics of Content Writing
It was an exciting, intrigue and highly informative introduction session which introduced us to the course structure, it’s different learning modules, career opportunities, progressive methods beyond the course line and of course our very motivating as well inspiring instructor Mr. Saket Singh who didn’t fail a bit in keeping the session so energetic and informative with both the ways, oral communication and automation.
After the formal introduction of all the session participants and the instructor we move ahead with the introduction of the course structure, step wise and lots of other very important and helping guidelines in relation to the preparation of a professional content writer.
Introduction of ‘Basics of Content Writing’ unfolded the concepts of the term ‘content writing’ which is how a message is delivered successfully with the writing skills.
we discussed quite interactively on the topic ‘effective writing process’ which is to develop the technical skills for the effective content writing like pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing & proofreading and publishing.
we were well informed o the importance and methods of submission of different ‘assignments’ in regard to respective modules of the course.
By the end of the session we were given the assignment of writing “professional Bio” and directions too to attempt the assignment successfully.
November 25, 2019 at 9:25 pm #5950Aarti VishwakarmaParticipant@aartiwrite24
KEY TAKEAWAYS of ECT class held on 24th November 2019.the class divided into two session and the lecture gave Saket sir. Class started with introduction of the course many new things told us about content writing like purpose statement is very important role of any piece of writing we all discussed about topic selection that how should we select any topic without confusion and all class had an activity to select a topic and write on that while class everyone asked their query and crossed question help to learned new things. Writing is a therapy that help to recover from stress for all who loves to write but in writing words should be valuable we should develop our voice in minimum words simple and readable language then told us about how to write a Professional Bio with examples, where we have to submit our assignment. As a good teacher sir motivated us while taking the class of content writing.
December 2, 2019 at 10:24 pm #6003Avinash MehtaParticipant@avimehta
It was amazing to be a part of this class “Introduction to Content Writing”. I have learned many new things; Like what should be the length of an ideal sentence, when to start a new paragraph or when not to and many more.
The thing I like the most, “Sometimes we do not have enough knowledge about the topic we are writing”. As Mr. Saket tells we first do some research about the topic and should have acquired depth knowledge.
December 4, 2019 at 7:53 pm #6014Debmitra DasParticipant@debsomadas
The session gave a good insight into content writing. The session started with the purpose of the course. A very brief idea given about how to use google drive. A writer should portray a clear message through writing. Focus on using short sentences. Own style of writing a writer should aim to achieve.
Effecting writing process has few steps, prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing. There was a detailed discussion of each step of writing. Got a brief about how to make a professional bio. There was also input on how to write the assignments, which email id to share.
Each participant was given a topic to choose for writing. Then one by one they were asked to share their brief on what would they write. The most common mistake which people make is, there is no relevance between the title and the body of the article written.
December 8, 2019 at 10:15 pm #6047nilja patelParticipant@npatel
In the first class we have introduced to ECT and saket sir. So, the main takeaway form the very first class is that we have come to know about the main meaning of content writing and how we all can learn the course.Also,we have told about some writing platforms such as medium and twitter to improve our daily writing habit.Moreover, sir has given the description about the tool wordpress.com and try to use it for better practice.As a part of written practice all the students have to write details of each class in foram.The main thing of the entire course is assignments.So, we have given the very first assignments of the class that we have to write a professional bio of yourself.In the class,Sir has told us the key points for how to write the bio and what should we write in bio.
Overall,it was a introductory as well as enthusiastic session for our content writing thing.
December 14, 2019 at 5:16 pm #6086kanika chananaParticipant@kanikachanana
Given below is a list of Takeaways from the session on 14th December, batch 30.
The trainer Mr. Saket Singh commenced the session with how writing can become effective and magnetic. He explained that a writer’s objective while writing should involve his learning too.
The processes of effective writing were elaborated.
This step involves primarily topic selection and the statement of purpose statement. The former is important to narrow own the research involved whereas the latter is useful from both reader’s and writer’s perspective. It avoids digression from the main topic. Purpose statement thus should be concise, precise, goal oriented .
Though drafting is misconceived to be just writing and synonymous to prewriting but it’s different as in this process researching is avoided while prewriting involves researching.
3.Organizing the content:
Write all the important information and message in bullet points. While writing one should keep in mind the RULE OF UNITY which means conveying only one idea in one paragraph.
One should also avoid the usage of more than 5 lines in one paragraph. Support claims with necessary facts and numbers. The difference between Revising, Proofreading and Editing was also highlighted. Revising meant focusing on message and the content whereas proofreading deals with usage of correct grammar.
In the end, hoe to use Hemingway app was discussed.
December 14, 2019 at 5:58 pm #6087Vaishali JoshiParticipant@vaishalijoshi1310
The key takeaways from the class on 14 December, batch 30 are as follows:
Firstly, it was a very interactive and friendly class that fulfilled the purpose of the class that is to know the basic concepts of content writing. I learnt that writing has so many elements other than just drafting. And among different elements of writing the prewriting section must be given most of the time. I got to know that there is a difference between revising and editing and proofreading section.
Another key point that I came to know through this session is about the standard word length that a sentence as well as a paragraph must have. I also understood the importance of having a twitter account. Along with the content that you are going to write, the layout or the presentation matters too. It’s not always true that the simpler words are unattractive. As a conclusion for today’s session I can say that writing and learning its concepts is a never ending process. It can only be achieved through regular writing as well as reading .
December 14, 2019 at 6:45 pm #6088Inderpreet KaurParticipant@inderpreet
14 Dec 2019
LEARNING NEW INFORMATION BEYOND LECTURES.
The class was interactive. What content writing comprises of the basics were covered in the class. How to write content in a more meaningful way in fewer words was emphasised.
The journey from prewriting to publishing was discussed which included pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing & proofreading and publishing. The important step was discussed.
Further, it was made clear that the focus should be on specific content rather than on general content. The readers perspective was discussed too.
Later the emphasis was on the length of a paragraph.
The major emphasis was given on the importance and the need for the reading of a content writer.
December 14, 2019 at 10:23 pm #6095Shallu DeshwalParticipant@shallu
It was very interesting and informative session today about the basic concepts of Content Writing.
Below are few key takeaways from today’s session:
We should have clear idea and knowledge about the message which we want to convey with that content. Message is the soul of our content. It should be clear, specific and valuable for your readers.
We should develop our own writing style with simple language. Use short sentences and avoid lengthy one.
We always follow writing process steps which includes: Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing and Prof-reading and Publishing.
We should always write an effective purpose statement which contains clear idea about our entire content. It should be interesting so readers won’t overlooked your content.
Always do valuable research about your topic and once you draft your whole idea then don’t change it.
While writing any paragraph, you stick to 5 sentences rule. Always put one idea in one paragraph.
We also, learn today, to write a effective professional Bio with some interesting examples.
December 15, 2019 at 3:05 am #6098Madiha RazaParticipant@madiharaza
Introduction to content writing
The second session of content writing course emphasised on effective writing process. In this session we have learned the basics as well as the detailed process of content writing.
We have learned how to start writing and how to elaborate the specific elements of a particular topic to make it more effective. The instructor explain how we can deliver the comprehensive information to accomplish the actual requirements of the reader.
Initially, we have learned Prewriting process that is very important for a writer. It includes topic selection, purpose statement and research. The instructor focused on purpose statement as according to the him- “this process is the vein of writing”.
Secondly, after getting the detailed information about Prewriting we discussed drafting, revising, editing and finally, publishing in the class.
We also get to know about different writing tools like Hemingway, ILYS and Grammarly.
December 15, 2019 at 6:25 am #6099Upasna RaiParticipant@upasna22
Yesterday’s Takeaway class of Introduction to content writing delivered us keys to start the content with First, piece of layout determining a message which gives a clear idea, objective and vision. The Language focusing the standard to the content. The Style expressing the format to the context. Second, i learned about the writing process effectively : Rewriting the most important element that process with topic selection, effective purpose of the statement well explained with examples, researching, making bullet points that will help to summarize, creating a structure where professional bio structure was given as example which helped me to learn more efficiently.
Use of Hemingway app was taught in brief followed by three assigned homework.
December 15, 2019 at 7:33 pm #6100geetanjali JhaParticipant@geetanjali
Takeaways from ECT Class- Introduction to Content Writing
The module is easy to understand. It is explained with lots of relatable examples. I can apply them in my day to day writing.
Interactive sessions make me wish that class should never be over. Along with writing nuances, I am also learning how to make classes more interesting. Mr. Saket has a wonderful sense of humor, which makes learning fun and enjoyable.
The step by step presentation for the writing process is effective in planning my writing. Though I plotted my stories before, I was not aware of every step. This is something I will use in all my writings.
I learnt to use Grammarly and Hemmingway app.
The sense of belongingness in a group is my biggest takeaway. It is good to know people who are passionate about writing just like me.
December 19, 2019 at 3:58 pm #6132Vishnu Kant SrivastavaParticipant@vkant
Take Away Notes On Meeting Date 14/12/19
(An Introduction to Content Writing )
Meeting dated 14/12/19 discussed “An Introduction to Content Writing”. Good writing needs planning about all its five stages, which are Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing and Proof Reading, and Publishing.
Pre-writing takes more than half the time allotted for full process of writing. Pre-writing addresses challenges of Topic-Selection, Purpose Statement, and Research. thereafter it produces important message & Information, summarizing them in Bullet points. This information may be organized to create a powerful structure of the writing. Thus, we get two important things, “Purpose Statement” and “Structure” after Pre-writing stage.
Purpose Statement gives direction to the writing. Structure gives framework for drafting the content. This reduces time in getting a proper draft in right direction. Structure also keeps sequencing of thoughts frame by frame.
A powerful draft is one where claims are authentic. By authenticity, we mean that the claims are supported by examples.
Within each frame of structure there are usually many ideas. An idea and some other subordinate ideas should be written in a para (generally 5 lines per para, a line generally contains not more than 18 words).
However, the important subordinate idea(s) can be highlighted by placing them in separate para.
Revising gives if content is providing the same meaning, for which it was composed. To have effective revision, read aloud the content. This will check coherence, and will help remove duplicates giving obvious connotations.
Unlike the revision, which concentrates on content, ideas, thoughts, structure, sequencing, etc, Editing & Proof Reading concentrates on correct language, punctuation and grammar.
At Publishing stage, formatting, fonts, etc are to be checked.
December 20, 2019 at 8:21 pm #6135vidya muParticipant@vidyaa
Takeaways from class 1
First class was an introductory session to the content writing. It was an interactive class. Saket, head of the institute explained the basics of content writing. He gave us some tips to enhance our writing skills.
The message, language and the style in writing makes a piece of content interesting. A good content should be written in short sentences and easily understandable by the reader. As an author, one must develop their voice to convey messages effectively through their work. In this session, he also explained the difference between effective and ineffective sentences by showing us few examples.
Further, we were not only taken through the steps involved in the process of writing but also managing the time. Content writing has five steps of which four were explained in today’s class, the fifth will be taught tomorrow.
Topic selection is key, start the process by ‘Prewriting’. This is the first and the important step which involves purpose statement, research, and organising the information collected. Fifty to Sixty percent of the time must be spent in this process. For example – If an article takes two hours to complete, spend at least one hour collecting and organising data.
The second step is where we develop the body of the content, this is called ‘Drafting’. Using direct sentences, simple words, conveying a complete meaning in one sentence and using facts to support the idea are some rules to remember while drafting. To make the content easy for the readers, do not convey more than one idea in a single paragraph and do not write more than five lines in one paragraph. Never use adverbs and adjectives in sentences as the content may look less effective. Another important factor to remember is – Do not research while drafting or add any new points. All these has to be done in the first stage only.
Next action is ‘Revising’. This means to check the work written so far. It mainly focuses on the content. Read loud to find errors and be open to receive feedback on our work. Though this is time consuming, it helps a writer to correct the mistakes and rewrite the sentences clearly if needed. This is followed by the forth step – ‘Editing and Proofreading’ and the last step – ‘Publishing’.
For Editing and Proofreading, we were introduced to Hemingway app. This is helpful to check grammar and if the content has all the components from introduction to conclusion. More details on editing will be explained in the next session.
Saket ended the class by giving us an assignment to write a professional bio using the steps directed to us today. Some other useful takeaway’s from first lesson are – to be a reader of our own work to understand the faults and to learn something new everyday as a part of writing.
December 28, 2019 at 3:50 pm #6204Vishal ShrivastavaParticipant@shrivishal
How Content Writing was introduced to me at first
It was fine winter noon three days before the awaited Christmas Day. Last few days of the year 2019 and people full of new aspirations and desire to learn content writing gathered up in a class. Class began with a basic introduction of the attendees and a brief story of the ECT founder, Mr. Saket Singh. The story created a horizon of dreams relatable to one’s ambition.
Starting with the Goal Setting, he explained to us numerous objectives that can be fulfilled after the completion of the class. From transforming writing style or learning various types of writing to boosting efficiency or career productivity, he explained how writing can be the best skill learned. He added further how content writing can be a full-time career be it starting a business or monetizing your words to how one can become an Entrepreneur or a published Author. Like every tutor, he asked us to engage actively during class and instructed us to practice the Write-Read-Write approach to make most out of the course.
After a decent lunch break, he hit the core and introduced us to the four pillars of Content Writing namely: A message, the language, the style, and the layout. We got to learn, as a writer, it’s a prerequisite to know the message that you want to convey to your audience. No matter which language you prefer to write in but your sentences should be short and your style must be unique which develops your own voice. And the layout as he said determines readability and comprehension.
Going forward he explained to us the effective writing process which flows from Prewriting to Drafting to Revising to Editing or Proofreading and ends at Publishing. The class continued with details of Prewriting as it is the most important aspect which consumes almost half the time out of the entire process from ideation to publication. And as we learned, it covers Topic Selection, Purpose Statement, Research, Bullet Points and leads to a piece of organized information.
Lastly, he briefed us how purpose statement is one of the key element in a writing process which connects a writer to a reader’s perspective. He gave a few examples to illustrate how a purpose statement is written in hardly two-three lines specifying the clarity of your writing outcome beforehand. We did enjoy a healthy writing activity on purpose statement and then he showed us certain Bios written in different styles. And the class ended with an assignment on writing our own bio with a purpose statement above it.
At last, a few questions were asked by the people who were taking the class online and then everyone dispersed. And as we got a certain dimension and direction after the first class, the sun disappeared behind the winter clouds turning the noon into the afternoon. So, the temperature fell down but the aspirations rose higher.
December 29, 2019 at 4:32 pm #6227Cynthia RocheParticipant@pebbles
Introduction to Content writing
The first session began with the growth story of ECT and the scope of Content writing. The instructor, Mr.Saket Singh explained the nuances and intricacies of the craft elaborating the points he made with examples. Skillful writing filters the thoughts and creates a piece of work that comes to life and catches the attention of the reader. He shot a challenging question at us. “Why would anyone want to read your post ?”. That to me is the soul of one’s writing skills. The content should be captivating and intriguing enough to engage the reader.
The 3 aspects of good content is The Message, The Language and The Style. The Message should be crystal clear. One should make every effort to stay within the confines of the message . The Language should be crisp, direct and exude conviction. The Style refers to one’s unique voice. It is the style that sets one apart from the rest and becomes the USP. Layout of the content enhances readability and comprehension.
The writing process is an elaborate one. One should always stick to this process until it has has been internalized. Prewriting is the most important part of the writing process. This involves selecting the topic, framing a specific purpose statement, researching the topic and organizing the content into paragraphs thereby creating a structure.
Framing correct sentences is a fundamental skill. Sentences should not be wordy, awkward and lengthy. A good sentence has not more than 25 words. It is in active voice and should convey complete meaning. Words used should be simple and easy to grasp. Paragraphs are the building blocks of the content. There should not be more than 5 sentences in a good paragraph. A paragraph should carry one idea at a time and must be coherently linked with those that follow.
The content one writes should be authentic. Any claims made by the writer have to be supported by numbers and evidence. Such content increases credibility value. The reader perceives such matter as worth his time and attention.
The next stage in the process is drafting. Ideally, drafting should be done in one sitting of 30 minutes. At the most, maybe two sittings of 200 – 250 words each. Taking too much time to draft will affect the flow and creativity of the content .
Drafting should be followed by Revising. It is recommended to read aloud and hear how the content sounds. Alternatively, it would be helpful to ask a friend for feedback. Revising should be followed up by editing . An edit should incorporate the feedback and suggestion given. The entire exercise should be wrapped up by 4 days at the most .
The content that you publish will become a part of the internet pool, and will in all probability outlive you. That is a sobering thought. And it should be motivating enough to put out content worth a good read.
December 31, 2019 at 12:16 pm #6247rashi tayalParticipant@rashitayal
Introduction to content writing
My first class is very interesting. We all introduce ourselves. We get to know each other and their experiences . We learn a lot from their introduction. Saket sir had talk about that we should active on social media. Then sir taught about how to make a word press blog. We should post our content on that. The main task of that class is create a account of ECT ( Economic and career times) . We have to create a forum . Then we have to post takeway from every class. We have to introduce our self on forum. We have to study all the material and learn vocals from e – book. We have to create short sentences . As a writer you should know the type of message you want to convey.Try to write short sentences. A content is something which give us a message . In a content there are three things important – Message, language and style. As a writer we should know the type of message we are giving. Develop your voice.
January 6, 2020 at 10:17 pm #6274Nithya RangarajanParticipant@nithyaranga
I would like to express my gratitude for such an informative session that clarified a lot of things about writing. I believe that communication would be successful when the receiver understands the content as intended by the communicator. This session helped me to think from the reader’s point of view and plan my content.
I understood that clarity of thought is a pre-requisite for a good and interesting content that would be a feast to the reader. To achieve that, I learned that choosing specific topics and writing purpose statements would be crucial. Moreover, different steps in the writing cycle such as building a structure would help me to stay focused throughout. I liked the research step which enhances the content by making the argument stronger as it validates and supports the ideas, in addition to, building trust in the content for the reader. I was rather surprised to note that drafting would take just 30 to 45 minutes but then understood the reason for the same. I would call revising as the best step as it makes me understand my mistake, correct and improve my writing skills.
Overall, the session was enjoyable and had significantly contributed to the beginning of my career in writing.
January 17, 2020 at 9:36 pm #6319Shivangi SrivastavaParticipant@shivangi-sri
Takeaway Key notes on the Introduction to Content writing
The session instructs to follow certain norms and best practices for writing. As a beginner applying them to your writing style would assist you in delivering a message to the reader effectively.
Content must have a purpose and express it to the reader in an authentic way. The common features of the content writing are a message, proper language, and style.
Before start writing we must get clear in our thought process and ideas. Pre-writing is required. It is an essential stage. It includes process of selecting a suitable topic as per the requirement, messages, and structure. Pre-writing is drafting a purpose statement which clears direction of its messages. After giving a purpose to the content, the research is required to frame important messages making it more powerful. An organized, well thought structure is developed based on messages.
With purpose statement, messages and structure in hand, we start drafting by creating sentences first, as the thought flows, and form a paragraph out of it along with a purposeful conclusion. This process is called drafting the write up.
Then comes revising the content by reading aloud and ask for feedback from known group. The content should have the messages and logic as per scheme of structure. Remove the similar or empty words at this revision stage.
Editing and proofreading is done in the last. The process can be assisted by using Grammarly and Hemingway apps. We need to check for grammar, language and style. The flow of thoughts should be continuous and must follow the direction of purpose statement.
After this stage, in the stage of Publishing, edit the components, contents’ font, paragraphs settings etc, if they are not found appealing.
January 20, 2020 at 10:18 am #6324Ravish RawatParticipant@ravish89
My takeaway from Class# 1 (Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 9:30 am–12:30 pm).
I’ll touch upon the things that I personally learnt in the class today and will implement those in my writing style whichever one it happens to be.
To begin with, we need to use our own style rather than copying from the internet when it comes down to making a piece of content besides the message and the language. Secondly, as a writer, we need to write maximum 18 words in a sentence. The layout determines readability and comprehension. The font size should be 12 when Times New Roman font is used and 11 when Arial Font is used. The font colour should be black and not yellow or red. Thirdly, prewriting is the most important part in effective writing process plus the five steps involved in prewriting. Fourthly, in a professional bio, you need to highlight your skills and qualifications, work experiences, educational background, hobbies and interests, and your achievements and awards. Of course, research is mandatory when writing a professional bio. Write your professional bio in a chronological manner by starting with your current status and then highlight your previous experiences pertaining to your work, volunteer activity and educational training alongside your accomplishments or awards. Your professional bio should always be self-confident. It’s up to you if you want to go with 1st person or 3rd person when writing a bio as long as you are consistent all the way through. If you are focusing on achievements, then write in 3rd person. Fifthly, the outcome of prewriting is to create a structure. In the first paragraph of the structure, the first paragraph is about mentioning your current designation followed by past experiences that fall under Paragraph 2 and Paragraph 3. Of course paragraph 2 and paragraph 3 is where drafting comes into play. Do not take more than 30 minutes to do the drafting. Sixthly, when writing a sentence, write short sentences up to 18 words only. Avoid writing sentences more than 25 words. Paragraph is the basic building block of a sentence. A paragraph should always be 4–5 lines. A paragraph is like an idea or theme of ideas. If you change the idea, then you have you change the paragraph. That is called the rule of unity. When you write one paragraph, then check to see if the second paragraph is logically connected to the first paragraph or not. The moment the idea changes, you change the paragraph. It’s good to have one-lined paragraph rather than having a six-lined paragraph but try to resist the urge of writing an article in one single paragraph. Plus anything that pays dividend should be highlighted. Seventhly, when it comes down to revising, do not look for grammatical mistakes at this point. Rather, look for how the article sounds and it should sound right rather than a bunch of information simply written down. Keep in mind that every paragraph should lead to another paragraph in a logical manner. The paragraphs should be logically connected to each other. Lastly, when it comes down to proofreading, be sure to run the content through Grammarly and Hemingway App and check for consistency and all the components like intro, body, and conclusion. In the end, all the writers first learn the writing rules first and then break them later on to suit their style. That pretty much wraps up everything that I learnt in my first class. I would first like to discover my writing style (whatever category it fits in) and then implement all the above aforementioned things in my writing style eventually.
January 20, 2020 at 11:14 am #6325Brijesh Kumar SinghParticipant@brijesh
My takeaway from Class# 1 (Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 9:30 am–12:30 pm).
Saket Sir started with the objective of this course , it starts from transformation of writing style and ends with the becoming an entrepreneur or published author . It also includes learning various types of writings and understanding the business of content writing .
He informed about his youtube channel which is complementary to the main studies. He taught about the steps to follow to take maximum advantage of course . The very first step is to write/read every day followed by active participation in the class.Learning from others mistake could lead to maximum advantage in short time.
Coming to the actual learning , we learned about the ingredients of content which are Message , the language and the style . As a writer we must know the message delivered by the content and by using short we can simplify the language , comprehensive and understandable . The last ingredient is the style which can be established by developing their own voice.
We learnt about the effective writing process which includes prewriting, drafting,revising, editing and proofreading and finally publishing.
Prewriting is the process which consumes maximum time and efforts . The process of prewriting occurs in chronological order . started from topic selection , purpose statement , research ,highlighting the important information and messages , finally organising the information to create a structure of content written.
Purpose statement is a declaration sentence which summarizes the specific topic and goals of a document. We have been taught about the process of research by illustrating the Good Bio example . we find that a Good Bio consist of work profile ,expertise and educational qualifications written in chronological order .
We have been taught about the tools and software used in content writing eg. ilys.com.
Paragraph is the basic building block of of ant content . one paragraph contains only one idea , if idea is changed , it should be included in a new paragraph . More than 5 lines in paragraph makes it large . Facts and numbers may be used to support the claim. Sentences should be short and simple , not written beyond 18 words generally .It is written in active voice to convey the complete meaning of itself.
Drafting is the process which doesn’t consume more time and should be completed in a short span of time .
Revising is something to look upon your work for improvising it. It includes reading your draft loudly , feedback from others ,check coherence and removal of obvious .
Removal of obvious is the elimination of information or facts which are so general in nature that doesn’t provide specific knowledge to readers . Coherence is the flow of content, it should be free from abruptive bumps and sticky in nature.
The editing and proofreading is the process before publishing . Use of Hemingway App is suggested.Run the content through Grammarly . There should be a smooth transition between main idea and section . Once again content should be checked in accordance with the purpose statement , visual appeal and components are being checked.
Finally we have been taught about the individual account formation on ECT website where we can submit the assignment and written work.
January 20, 2020 at 11:51 am #6326Nidhi MadanParticipant@nidhi
My takeaways from class no. 2(19th January, 2020)
Yesterday’s class was informative. We were given insights about how to write precise purpose statement, which is an essential part of any piece of writing. We were given some examples of a professional bio in order to showcase our skills to outside world. We were taught about various stages of writing and importance of pre-writing in giving a structure to a document. Trainer also introduced ‘Ilys’ software for ensuring a distraction free draft development. We were also taught about the essential role paragraph plays in our writing. We should not have long paragraphs, rather we should split it to small paragraphs (not more than 3-4lines).
January 25, 2020 at 5:08 pm #6388Nidhi MadanParticipant@nidhi
My takeaways from class no. 3(January 25, 2020)
What we have learned today is to make our writing assertive and avoid any kind of awkwardness. Verbs play an important role in our writing, therefore, we must have powerful verbs. We must avoid converting nouns to verbs.
We have also learned the importance of active sentences in our writing. Passive voice should be avoided.
We have learned capitalisation rules. Some common mistakes like the first letter of a season, major words in a heading, etc. were taught.
Converting a non-parallel sentence to a parallel sentence was a useful exercise. We generally make the mistake of mixing parallel and non-parallel sentences in our resume.
The use of modifiers in a sentence was also taught. Rules of proximity should be followed to convey the right meaning of a sentence.
Hemingway app and Grammarly software were introduced for flawless and easy writing.
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