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Reporting & Editing/Eight steps to an Organised Story


  1. Identify main idea or focus:

   To write a organised story, you should first be clear with your main idea or focus. Main idea of a paragraph is the primary point or concept that the author wants to convey to the readers. Main ideas are often found at the beginning of paragraphs. The first sentence often explains the subject being discussed in the passage. If you are able to rephrase your choice of a topic sentence into a question and then determine if the passage answers your question, you have been successful at selecting a main idea.

  • Brief summary of main idea:

    After identifying your focus or main idea of your story, you are supposed to write a brief summary of your main idea. Here, you are expected to explain your main focus in a detailed manner.

  • Using summary, write main idea to secondary matter:

    After explaining your main idea in detail, in the first paragraph, now you should write your main idea to secondary matter , using your previous summary.

  • Organise secondary matter in order of importance:

    Here, you should have to organise your secondary matter of the story in order of importance. You are expected to prioritize the important elements of your story at the beginning of the paragraph and the least important matters at the end of your passage.

  • Begin to write, link transitions:

   Now, begin to write your story. In a story, a transition is a word or phrase that connects one idea to another. This connection can occur within a paragraph or between paragraphs. Transitions are used to show how sentences or paragraphs are related to each other and how they relate to the overall theme of the paper.

  • Check copy for Accuracy, Brevity, Clarity (ABC). [Cut it out, when in doubt]: 

   Accuracy, Brevity, and Clarity is shortly called as the ABCs of effective and clear communication. When you focus on these three elements, you’ll be able to emphasize one specific message at a time, making it easier to understand and elicit a clear response.

  • Check for grammar, style, word usage:

  Make sure you check with your grammar, style, word usage, clarity, etc, in your work. While writing a story you should be very conscious about your grammar, spelling, vocabulary, etc because your readers might tend to lose interest while reading your story, if you have made a lot of these minor mistakes.

  • Rewrite if necessary, and usually it is:

  It is completely alright to redo any work until you’re satisfied with it. So, it is necessary to rewrite your whole story when needed and you are supposed to make all the required changes until you’re fully satisfied with whatever you have written. Most of the times, Yes, rewriting the whole story is necessary.

“Waste paper basket is the writers best friend”.

                                                                                                                                        Submitted by  ASHWITHA K K

 22MMC005. With inputs from DR.Jayaprakash.C.R.                                                                                                                                        I MJMC.                                                                     

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