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Things to know about Write India Campaign-2

Write India is a collaborative writing initiative by Times Internet, which will have a set of 10 celebrity authors writing the passage of short stories. These passages will be later opened to public for completion. Every month TOI will select one winner from the entries received with the help of the ‘Celebrity Author of the Month’.

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN:

1: DIRECTOR, WRITE INDIA: VINITA DAWRA NANGIA

Vinita Dawra Nangia is an Associate Editor, Author and Columnist with The Times of India. With over two decades of experience in Lifestyle & Features Journalism, Vinita specialises in society, relationships and life commentary. Vinita launched Page 3 and has also been a pioneering fashion journalist and a regular on talk circuits. She writes a weekly column in The Times of India, O-zone, on Contemporary Living & Relationships. She has authored three books – ‘It’s Your Life — Reflections on Contemporary Living & Relationships’, ‘Love is Always Right & Other Musings’ and a coffee table book on fashion ‘Fashion Fair -The Journey of 13 Contemporary Designers’. 

Vinita conceptualised and launched Write India, the country’s biggest and first-ever platform for crowd-sourcing writing. It has now become the world’s biggest movement for crowd-sourced writing in association with established authors.

2:WRITE INDIA AUTHORS

JEFFREY ARCHER

SUDHA MURTY

MANU JOSEPH

TWINKLE KHANNA

SHOBHAA DE

NIKITA SINGH

NAMITA GOKHALE

CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI

ANAND NEELAKANTAN

RUSKIN BOND

3: AUTHOR OF THE MONTH (September)

Jeffrey Archer

PROMPT BY AUTHOR

I wish I’d been there earlier. It might have made all the difference. So all I can tell you is why he was murdered.

RULES BY THE AUTHOR

1. Read the classics.
2. The first draft doesn’t mean you’ve written a book.
3. Write what you know about.
4. Do your own thing.

source: Times of India

 

 

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Write India season 2

Launched last year with 11 leading Indian authors, Write India is a unique platform where  inspiration, encouragement and evaluation of good writing is provided with the help of established authors.

An unprecedented crowd-sourced short story contest, Write India attracts people of all ages and professions and has already turned many dreams into reality. Of the 111 winners declared for Season 1, 33 have already been printed, while many others are in the process of being published. Embarking on second season, it is all set to uncover more of India’s story-telling potential with a panel of 10 star authors! 

FAQ:

1. What is Write India?

Write India is a collaborative writing initiative by Times Internet, which will have a set of 10 celebrity authors writing the passage of short stories. These passages will be later opened to public for completion. Every month we will select one winner from the entries received with the help of the ‘Celebrity Author of the Month’.

2. Till when can I submit my entries?

The contest closes on 30th of every month.

3. Can I write for more than one or all authors?

Yes everyone is welcome to participate for all authors. Every entry for each author will be considered on merit.

4. How should I submit my entries?

You can upload your entry to writeindia@timesinternet.in

For more FAQ visit:  https://lifemyntras.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/write-india-season-2-fa/

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The hunt for India’s fresh writing talents has already begun with The Write India Campaign 2.
Times Internet, and star authors like Jeffrey Archer and Ruskin Bond, are all set to uncover India’s story-telling potential in the 2nd season of Write India campaign.
Times Internet’s flagship news platform timesofindia.com has launched the Write India campaign Season 2 to uncover India’s immersive story-telling potential.

As it is already proven, the Write India is an unprecedented crowd-sourced short contest for which Times of India sets up an eclectic line-up of world-renowned authors to inspire, encourage and evaluate budding writers and amateurs.

Hurry up guys submit your entries 🙂

 

Source: Times of India

 

Write India season 2 (FAQ)

1. What is Write India?

Write India is a collaborative writing initiative by Times Internet, which will have a set of 10 celebrity authors writing the passage of short stories. These passages will be later opened to public for completion. Every month we will select one winner from the entries received with the help of the ‘Celebrity Author of the Month’.

2. Till when can I submit my entries?

The contest closes on 30th of every month.

3. Can I write for more than one or all authors?

Yes everyone is welcome to participate for all authors. Every entry for each author will be considered on merit.

4. How should I submit my entries?

You can upload your entry to writeindia@timesinternet.in

5. Are there any rules to follow for the story?

Yes, every story has Write India rules, which will be valid throughout the contest and Author Rules, given by the celebrity author of the month. The rules are stated below the Passage from the Author of the Month.

6. What if I don’t abide by the rules?

Failure to comply will lead to disqualification.

7. When will the winners be declared?

Each month a Top winner will be declared. 

8. How will the winners be selected?

The Write India editorial team will select the top stories according to our strict criteria and share them with the author of the month. The celebrity author of the month will then help select the Top 10 entries and declare the Three Top Winners.

9. If I am the winner, will my story be published without any changes?

No, the Times of India edit team may edit the story to make it reader friendly.

10. What will happen to the stories?

A book will be published with all the top winning entries.

11. What happens to my stories if I do not win?

For all the stories submitted, the moral and ownership rights remain with the author of the story, irrespective of whether the author is a winner or not. TIL shall make reasonable efforts to publish each story through any mode/platform with acknowledgement and due credit to the author. TIL shall have exclusive rights to use, publish the stories for initial two years of ending of the Campaign. After the exclusivity period of two years, both TIL and the author shall be free to use the stories anywhere in any form.

12. What if I get a deal/ offer from XYZ company for the story I submitted for Write India after the completion of the campaign?

If within the first two years of ending of the Campaign, you get a publishing deal and would like to use your story elsewhere, you would be required to inform TIL and if suitable, we can enter the deal on your behalf. Contract for such a deal may be between TIL and third party or could be a Tripartite deal, depending on the deal and on a case-to-case basis.

13. What happens after 2 years if I am getting a commercial deal with someone which requires exclusivity? 

Since TIL shall have non-exclusive rights to use and publish the stories after two years of ending of the Campaign, the author cannot sign an exclusive deal with someone without permission from TIL, as it will be in conflict with TIL’s rights.

14. Will my story be used by The Times of India?

Yes, The Times of India has the right to use your story for commercialization /promotional purposes.

15. When will the book be published?

The book will be published soon after the entire contest is over.

Source: Times of India

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A conversation with SELF!!

Have you ever experienced a time in your life where you feel you have completely lost hold on your thoughts?

When you know , what is haunting you is only present inside your head and nothing of it can ever happen in real life but still you do not give any shit about it and constantly keep on thinking the worst that can happen with you

Have you ever felt the need to just stop manipulating your own thought process and start to think nothing at all?

Have you ever wished to just not worry about anything around you and just focus on what you want to do rather than thinking what needs to be done?

If this is the scenario going inside your head then you are in a real conflict with your own self

You have fallen a prey of your own created illusions which is so daunting that you are barely breathing now.

It needs to be stopped, Right now Right here, otherwise you will lose everything you have worked really hard on for so many years.

You will loose the battle of this life to the biggest enemy of yours which is none other than YOUR OWN NEGATIVE THOUGHTS..

Don’t let this happen, You have not come this way long to loose everything once again.

Get up do something about it. Do not become puppet of your thoughts rather try to channelize them into something helpful which can support you in all the tough times.

No body can do anything for you. You are your biggest helper. Help yourself. Find the way out , end this ongoing battle which you are constantly fighting inside you.

Do not waste what you have got. You can do way better than what you are doing right now. You just need to be determined and that is all.. You can fight the biggest odds in your life.

I understand you are tired, you want to give up, you want to run away but then what would be the difference between you and others? You are not meant to be the way you are right now. You need to celebrate yourself, cherish yourself, and most important LOVE yourself because Life is not what we think about it..It’s what we make out of it.

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An excerpt

The vital few and the trivial many:

Vilfredo pareto,the Italian economists discovered the 80/20 principle in 1897, which is now referred to as Pareto’s rule. He discovered that 80% of the output results from 20% of the input, 80% of consequences flow from 20% of causes, and 80% of results comes from 20%of effort. Joseph juran referred to this 20% as the vital few and the 80% as the trivial many. Sir Isaac Pitman, who invented shorthand, discovered that just 700 common words make up two- thirds of our conversation, He found that these words account for 80% of  common speech 

A student covers 80% of his syllabus in 20% of his study hours. About 20% of customers contribute of growth, profitability and satisfaction. 20 % of products and services account for 80% of the turnover, 20% of the employees generate 80% of productivity, the opinion of 20% defines the society, the output of 20% of the population defines the economy of the country.

80/20 thinking  is the secret of achieving more with less, Start celebrating exceptional productivity instead of trying to raise the average effort. Strive for excellence in a few things rather than good enough performance in many.

There is a tragic amount of waste everywhere, Almost four-fifth of everything that is happening in your life is yielding very little in return. Too  much focus is on the 80% which yields only 20%. Transform your thinking. Ra vamp your outlook. Reallocate your resources from the unproductive trivial many, to the productive vital few. Effectiveness is not about what happens to the 80%, but about how you manage, control and utilize the 20%.

20% OF YOUR TIME ACTUALLY DEFINES WHAT YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU WILL BE IN LIFE.

Focus on the 20% and 80% of everything in your life will be taken care of.

source: Unposted letter