Showing posts with label Content Writing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Content Writing. Show all posts

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

The Writer's Feels - Bust Your Inhibitions and Get Started!



A lot of newbies ask me how to become a  writer? 

I started with actual 'writing' maybe 7 months back???!!! But trust me, I still do not know the answer to how you can become a writer. 

Why? 

Simply because I am an accidental writer who was blessed with times wherein my write-ups connected and touched souls. In return, I got soaked in appreciation, a niche fan-following as well as heaps of motivation.  

The passion slowly simmered with my continuous exploration of writing stuff that I love. 

7 months down the line, I feel that writing and I are now inseparable. 

Writing has become a new form of expression. It is now, the language that I speak and understand. 

The beauty of being a writer is that you never feel 'seasoned'. YES. 

We may get confidence. We may even brag about our writing credos. But to the best, writing expertise doesn't stop at a degree. The exploration goes on and on, as every word is new, every feeling is new and our every thought that our mystical mind weaves.....even when perhaps a  millionth time... it is new. 

I come across curiosities on a daily basis when budding writers or writers in the making connect with me on social media. 

They put forward questions like:

"I am not having that rich vocabulary."

"I do not know where to start."

"Can you give me some topics to write ma'am?"

"Is there any course to become a writer?"

These were only a few of them. 

I say, that instead of questions these all are basically questionable MYTHS! 

A good soul told me, " Writers cannot be made. They are born."

That is true. But still, if you have not yet discovered it and struggling with the above-mentioned myths, then read this:

You are a writer. Your thoughts have to be rich rather than your vocabulary. 

If you are able to make simple meaningful sentences that translate your thoughts. YOU ARE GOOD.

We are blessed to have apps like 'Grammarly' to take care of your minor hiccups!

Every writer starts being a reader.   You have to RUN - Read, Understand, and Note.

Develop a habit of reading, understanding the inside-outside context, and make a note of what is 'your' view/analysis on the same. 

It is a human tendency to not follow someone for long. When you do this continuously, there will be a day when you are prompted to come up with your content as a shoutout to your readers!

Oh please! Do not take me or anyone else to suggest to you, on what topics can you write!

Start with something you know about. Start with something you have a strong opinion or feeling. 

Let it exactly resonate with your thought, views, and knowledge. The composition of a writer is not an essay, it is an expression. It is interactive and it is your voice. So you just have to speak, but ..on the paper. 

I am not against learning. But there are certain nuances that cannot be learned through a fixed writing curriculum or a degree! 

Perfection cannot be achieved through a content writing course. Believe in yourself and start with one line, two lines. Your reader is your best teacher and critique. 

So write on the open platform and test yourself. This is the best way to mould a writer in you. You may not be perfect, but you are a learner and a writer in the making!

Well, these were some common questions. 

It was in May'2020, I came up with vibzcontentcart.com. It was and is still my writing meditation space where I love to be whenever I want to talk. Thankful for the love it got. 

It is not just a blog, but much more than that. This platform is open for all the budding writers who want to test their writing skills, seek guidance, tips, and bits while taking their first steps towards becoming a writer. So if you feel, you have a voice and want to connect with your readers, THIS IS FOR YOU. 

I welcome writer-drafts at vibhaguptapro@gmail.com. The categories? Well, I do not categorize your write-ups other than the technical bifurcation. 

So write-mail -publish-share. And there you are! 

Last but not the least, ending today's feels with a quote that celebrates the essence of writing.

Story Telling

  When are you starting your writing journey??!!!

   Vibha Gupta











Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Beat the Rush, Not the Quality!

 

BEAT THE RUSH, NOT THE QUALITY



Ever thought what is the purpose of writing something? 

Well ... formal or informal, personal or professional, serious or casual..every line has a meaning. 

But along with the literal meaning of the lines, should we not care about the meaning BETWEEN THE LINES? 

What do you want your reader to understand?  At what level you want your reader's persuasion to reach? 
How closely you want to evoke the experience in your reader? 

Often even the best of the writers succumb to the deadlines and what you get is a 'Regular Basmati Rice' to be precise!

And then, what lingers in a reader (the client's) mind is, " Ye Basmati Rice hi hai na....?"

Writer: " Haa...kyu? " 

Client: " Nahi ji, khusbu nahi aayi na, par koi baat nahi khila khila toh lag raha hai na..."

Writer: " Eh.....OK."

So, what you wanted to serve is not actually served. It is just prepared and kept on the table to eat. 

The solution lies in a mutual understanding between the client and the writer. 

And if its a sheer business wherein money is speaking, then restrict your promises to deliver the best. 

Simply...because, MONEY CAN MAKE YOU RICH, BUT MONEY CAN'T BUY RICHNESS!!

Writing is spiritual. Writing is self-connect. 

You are not a word processing factory. You spin ideas, thoughts..in fact, meaningful thoughts. 

Write LESS.  Linearly Engaging Selling Stuff 

Some quick tips to avoid such kind of situation is:

  • Plan Your Work Engagements In Advance
  • Clear Agreement with Client on Deadlines Best Suitable To You!
  • DO NOT Take Abrupt or Unplanned Assignments in Between Ongoing Engagements  (Favors are not that flavorful always!
  • Relax..relax...relax....Your Content will Be Good if you Relax!
That's all Gyan for today! 

Writing Less:)) 

Can you smell BASMATI!!!

Happy Writing💪






Saturday, 4 July 2020

Sudha Murty - Redefining Perspective of Life!


Opulence. Money. Fame.

These all things categorically fall in her lap, as the co-founder of an Indian multi-national IT giant Infosys, wife of Narayan Murthy, a billionaire business tycoon,  as well as a chairperson of Infosys Foundation, a non-profit organization running social welfare programs under health, education, rural development and much more. 

Yes. We are talking about none other than Sudha Murty.

Source: Wikipedia

But the seemingly powerful introduction depicted above is not enough to define her caricature. She is someone who has crossed all recognition standards set by society. Her every role is a candidature that inspires and influences us. A queen of many extraordinary achievements in her glide. A  dedicated computer science and engineering teacher, who has set an example for many in terms of leveraging the educationist in her and empowering thousands of government schools in Karnataka with computer and library facilities. Her journey as an educator was the key milestone in giving her a far more distinctive identity; a writer. What more we see in her is a strong-willed woman, a practical human being, a true idol of class, and mutual respect. 

The Writer in Sudha Murty

Sudha Murty set the perfect example of how a 'guru' connects with the students. Her humble down to earth nature and the camaraderie exuded by her, whenever she was in the middle of her students in the class, made her cherished lecturer students looked forward to.  She connected through storytelling in the first ten minutes of her class. Her storytelling didn't stop and the love she got in return from her students prompted her to start writing stories. 

It was difficult to hold back. Sudha Murty discovered the inner call to write and with time it became her passion. Initially, her preferred language was Kannada. Later she started writing in Kannada and then translating them to English. Her fictional stories written for children soon became a roller coaster of vivid imagination, a trip to the mythological scene, fascinating drama, and life lessons. 
 

What was worth noting was her juggling with English. Till the age of 50, she only wrote in Kannada. Sudha Murty was not sure if her writing in English, would upbeat the classy version of an English Literature. But this didn't stop her. She continued to write in English. In 2002, she came up with her first English Book, 'Wise and Otherwise. She continued to serve the best of novels, technical books, travelogues, collection of short stories, and nonfictional works along with four books for children. 

Some of her notable works are 'Dollar Bahu', 'Gently Falls the Bakula' in Fiction, 'Wise & Otherwise', 'The Old Man and his God' (Non-fiction), and, 'How I Taught My Grandmother to Read and Other Stories for Children. 

Source: Pinterest

Her unparalleled works made her the proud recipient of the R.K Narayan Award for Literature, Padma Shri in 2006, and Attimabbe Award from the government of Karnataka for excellence in Kannada Literature in 2011.

What makes Sudha Murty the 'writer next door'?

In an interview given to Hindustan Times, she expressed her desire to be the 'writer next door' for her readers. As a writer, she wanted to connect with her readers through her placid style of writing everyday stories and life experiences.  In yet another amusing interview by an eminent writer, politician and, international diplomat, Shashi Tharoor,  interestingly, she accepts her being against too much use of dictionaries, even though she respects the language and literature. She reasons it by saying that she doesn't want her readers to strangle with a dictionary for finding meanings of words every now and then, disrupting the flow of reading. She is much more interested in writing in a colloquial language and not use complex vocabulary. 

It is worth watching the cheerful writer in her and the natural positive vibe that comes out openly in the interview. 

Her viewpoint is very much evident in one of her classics, ' The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk', a heartwarming collection of real-life stories, a reading delight for all age groups.

A woman, practical human being and, an instrumental soul

Her own journey after engineering started new dimensions of equality and the welfare of society. She could not settle with the fact that only male applicants were entertained in TATA Motors. The rebel in her forced her to write a letter to JRD Tata, throwing light on the ongoing orthodox practice, and finally, she became the first woman engineer to be hired by TATA Motors.  
Even though a rock strong support for her husband Narayan Murthy, she always strived to build her own separated identity and never thought of leveraging the reputation of Infosys or being the co-founder as her identity. 
The woman in her commands huge respect, the moment she declared, " I would rather be remembered as an author as well as a social worker rather than the wife of a billionaire business tycoon."

Her practical observation of life is very inspirational. Not only on the professional front but also in personal life, her son and daughter in law reckon her as the source of positive radiance in the family. She believes in detachment rather than attachment that bounds and forces relations and rituals. Her ideology is to practice mutual respect and detaching self from expectations, overflow of emotions, and false attachment.

Her words on 'letting go' and relations:

" If you let go of the ones you love, they will never go away – 

this is the beauty of attachment with detachment! " 


                                                                                                   
Going strong at 69, Sudha Murty is the true epitome of 'simple living and high thinking'. Her easy-going nature resonates with her modesty and mission to serve society. From time to time, she has set many examples that shun the societal images of 'class', 'luxurious lifestyle', and 'freedom'. 

She continues to inspire us as a philanthropist, a teacher, a visionary, a successful businesswoman, a dedicated social activist, and a prolific writer next door.  This is not the End

After Feelings
Yes, this is certainly not the end.  There may be thousands of tabloids, articles, stories, videos that tell us about Sudha Murty. But none is perhaps complete or sufficient enough to describe an entity like Sudha Murty. She is a true inspiration for me and my quest to know more and more about her may never end. 

My heartful thanks to all the sources and references that made this short tribute possible and bring to my readers a brief glimpse of Sudha Murty. 

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Thursday, 2 July 2020

Discover the Writer in You!



My Journey

I am an accidental writer. Never thought that I would land up this way in the writing field and words will be my second skin.  
Having done everything.. corporate job, teaching in a college, tutoring to management, never felt so satisfied as I am now, a writer.  
But there were times when I used to ask myself. What defines a writer? Am I truly justifying or even somewhere nearby to the definition of a writer. Is there any benchmark for denoting someone as a writer?
Complex vocabulary?
Grammar?
Tone?
Sentence Structure?
Writing Style?
Connection?

 All these questions bothered me. But I didn't stop and kept on writing. My mind and heart started directing my fingers, bringing down the whirlpool of thoughts. Mind and paper continued talking. That white sheet was not blank anymore. It had words....the blueprint of my thoughts. There was no looking back as I couldn't find the STOP button later.

So this was me. How did you discover the writer in you? 



Often we think, how to start? Does writing happen all of a sudden?  The following steps can slowly guide you to the pavilion. 

Step 1: Understanding and Sorting Yourself

  • A clear mind is the first necessity for a start. You can't sort your thoughts if they are already tangled with ten other things running simultaneously. 
  • Stop questioning yourself about your ability to be a writer.  Especially when you underestimate yourself in terms of vocabulary. Putting simple words into clear and meaningful sentences matters. 
  • Don't write just because you are pretty impressed by someone's writings. It has to be your inner call and the passion that will drive you to the writing desk. 
  • Writing doesn't happen overnight. Be mentally prepared that it will take time to reach a particular point. 
Step 2: Read → Process → Write 
  • Start reading blogs, stories, articles, or anything of your interest. This will generate a pool of thoughts in your mind. In simple words fodder for your mind to process into expressive thoughts. 
  • Dump your thoughts on paper. It can be random. 
  • It can be even two to three lines stating your inference on whatever you read. 
  • Start writing your opinion or review. It exercises your brain to process thoughts faster. 
  • Be consistent in doing this. Soon the length of your write-up, as well as the comfort of writing, will increase as your thought process gets used to the stimulation to write. 
  • So you writing now? Good! But don't stop reading. You still need lots of fodder to go on!
Step 3: Take Care of the 5 C's
  • Clarity: Make sure whatever you write is clear and precise. Too much detail or long paragraphs may drive away your reader. The reader should understand what your write-up is trying to convey. Clarity also matters when you are penning down a technical subject. Factual information should be well researched and then only stated. Support with strong and valid examples. Remember your thoughts can be vague, but not facts based on primary research!
  • Connect: Your hours of effort on research and then juggling with the keyboard or pen goes for a toss if it doesn't connect with your reader. Write as if you are conversing with your reader on that white sheet. Be expressive, be creative, and let your words be descriptive enough to take your reader in a different world. As someone rightly said, " Write what you want your readers to feel and not read...". Fictional write-ups connect through stories, emotions, drama, twists, humor, and a labyrinth of situations. Free yourself with worries of vocabulary and grammar for once and allow your heart to dictate the ink as long as it flows free.


  • Corrections: After you are done, read, read, and read it. When you read it from a reader's point of view. This helps in continuous improvement of the text, recollect any missing point or information. The length of the write-up can also be adjusted. Grammar corrections can help you with a flawless write-up in the end. Along with reading, view your write-up. This is like the final touch up to your plain text. Focus on sentence and word highlights, fonts, the addition of graphics and relevant pictures, and last but not the least cross-checking the sync of the title with the write-up. 


  • Consistency: It's OK to take a pause but beware of a full stop. Your mind has just started exercising. Just like how regular exercise keeps you in good health, the same way regular writing makes you more and more skilled in writing with ease. You may not start a new article every single day. There may be bad days. But don't leave the page blank even then. One sentence. Good to go. Make it a fun activity, not your to-do list, just because you have to. Take breaks. Start afresh. Welcome new ideas and note them somewhere so that you can always work on it when the writer in you is in full gear. 
  • Contemplate: Feeling Good Already?? So now you are writing. Your words are on the roll. But the real test happens when the reader reads it. You are now at the receiving end of feedback, appreciation, applause, opportunities, suggestions, and even negative comments. Take everything in a conscious and positive stride. Let appreciation not make your overconfident and let criticism not make you over conscious of whatever you write. Accept it with full grace and work on continuous improvement. Take a pause and contemplate how you could have made it better. 

So these were the basic steps to get started as a writer. There might be failures. There might be disapproval. But nothing should deter you until you have the passion to write and it gives you a kind of creative satisfaction. 

Write from your heart. Let your write-ups connect with the audience. It's never late!

As I sit down....holding my pen,
I wish to write, as long as I can.

In my reeling words...you can see me,
Life in joy and sorrow, let it be.

Moments and Experiences, all dark and bright,
Shades of feelings color this white.

Every day  create something fresh and new,
Keep going to discover the writer in you.






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