A Look-Back: My Journey at MoviepilotU

Yeah, that's me
Yeah, that’s me

Well, hi there (again). My name is Manas Rai, and this is my last article you will ever read… EVER….!

Haha… Just kidding (it was a bad joke, okay)

I am a sarcastic git who has a truly horrendous sense of humor (you know, that probably explains why I actually like Superhero Movie), but that’s beside the point, in my previous article, I talked about the stuff I have learned from MoviepilotU and I always knew that if I ever made it to the very end, this article would be the way I would conclude the course

Today, I want to talk about this course in a little more detail. Don’t worry, it won’t cross 1000 words, hopefully. So, here we go.

I started this course around the same time I moved to college as a freshman. So, I was a bit worried with the fact that I would not be able to keep up, but I loved writing on this site and I wanted a reason to keep writing-so I decided to join it anyway and I started the same week I got into college.

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yeah…yeah..

From there on, we were supposed to write 5 articles each week, based on the topic that given in the videos posted in on our Facebook group. Each video wasn’t specific to a particular subject matter or genre. I won’t reveal the topics as I am not entirely sure whether I am allowed to do so. But, let me put it this way, these videos were more about how to write rather than what to write. How did they pull this off?

Well, a group of us were assigned a mentor, someone who was a part of the Moviepilot community. My mentor was Samuel James Harries, who was one of my first admirers. He was one of the first people to comment and appreciate my very first post on Moviepilot. (He didn’t go easy on me, btw). So, I am kind of glad that I got him as my mentor, plus I learned a lot from him, so that’s a good thing. Anyways, our mentors would check and annotate our articles with suggestions and corrections, which we would then apply to the post and publish.

But there were some rough days. Sometimes, I hit a wall. I didn’t know what to write about. Sometimes, I just developed some articles I wrote on my blog prior to joining Moviepilot (sorry Samuel!) and posted them when I had no idea what to write about. In fact, I am sure my mentor would have noticed that I wrote some articles clearly for the sake of it, or at least, he knew I wasn’t giving my best.

But then there were those days when I knew what I needed to write. I would sit on my laptop hours on end to write something because I was passionate about it and I cherished that feeling. Soon, I realized that ideas would come from interacting with people, not by forcing yourself to think, and that is something I loved doing once I cracked the method.

This is my last week on the course and this is my last article for it. After six weeks, I am really not sure what to say. My fellow MoviepilotU’ers, I will miss the new articles I was always excited to read. My mentor, Samuel, I love you man. Thanks for everything. You put up with so much and you still took the time to find the positive stuff in what we wrote and encouraged us to do more. I loved your closing notes, and I sure as hell am going to miss them the most. I am going to miss the times when I used to come back from my classes and think of what I had to write. And finally, I want to thank Moviepilot, for opening up such a wonderful platform for people like us who want to be heard. I know a single thanks from a guy like me doesn’t mean much, but it is what I can say at the moment.

I...I didn't mean to
I…I didn’t mean to

Thank you so much for reading, it really means a lot. You readers are the reason we creators have a voice, and there is no thank you without you guys. You made our journey worthwhile. Oh, and in case your wondering whether you should join such a course in the future-believe me when I tell you “You Better”. Also, in case you are wondering…

Before MoviepilotU: Total Reads – Around 970-980

After Moviepilot: Total Reads – Around 7, 745 (as of now)

And with that I would like to announce that I will be on a hiatus for a while (don’t worry, not for too long). It’s just that I have reached a point where I need to focus on my studies a bit more. But, not to worry my dear friends for when I return, I shall be bigger, badder and better. So, until then…

Cheers….and take care

5 Things I Learned From MoviepilotU

Well, hi there. My name is Manas Rai. I recently joined the online course MoviepilotU and, I wanted to share something with you guys. you see, I was just some reviewer once upon a time who did all of this ‘reviewing’ as a hobby. But, as the weeks passed by, I realized that I loved doing this stuff. I learned that there was so much more I was supposed to do with what I have and I think you can too with what I am about to share with you. So, here are 5 major things I learned from MoviepilotU.

1) Learn to make your sentences short and to-the-point

This is one of the most important things that I learned here and if you are someone who has read my stuff, you would have noticed this change. In my earlier articles, I used to write paragraphs without having proper sentences. This was incredibly useful as it helped cater to a wider audience. Thanks MoviepilotU!

2) Never be too negative or condescending

Also a very important thing that I learned and this is something that I learned the hard way. Being too negative or judgmental doesn’t give you a good image to those who are reading your article. For example “This Sucks” would change to “This isn’t that good”. Try to be polite because being positive isn’t a bad thing at all.

3) The Title is Important

While this may seem like an obvious thing, the title is way more important than it may seem at first. Titles are your selling point. They provide the reader with a solid idea of what they are going to get when they read your article. While a title is certainly not everything, it is a great gateway to getting a good number of reads.

4) Read your article twice (at least)

Proof reading is a necessity when you want to write an article. You will have no idea how many mistakes my wonderful mentor was able to point out in my posts. In fact, you will be shocked with some of the mistakes you may have made. So yeah, proofreading is a necessity.

5) Be Interesting and write because you love to!

This is something I learned along the way. If you are writing an article for the sake of it, don’t. Do it because you are legitimately interested. Also, add your own angle to it. Try to show your end, not someone else’s. Even if your article is based off of someone else’s. Add memes and your your little punchlines, because they define your identity as a writer and in a community like Moviepilot, where there are tons of people writing and giving their spin on what they’ve written, it is an absolute must.

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Have a cookie…

Well, that’s that my dear friends. Thank you so much for reading an article that wasn’t about movies. I hope you may have something to gain by reading this my fellow creators. To those who aren’t, I humbly thank you for reading anyway. Ladies, Gentlemen and others, that will be all for me. Until then,

Cheers…..and take care

5 Difficulties We Encounter When We Write An Article

#1 – Keeping up with the length

I mean it...literally
I mean it…literally

If there is any difficulty that most writers come across, it is the length of our article. We write what we want and how much we want. But, the fact of the matter is that those who take the time to read these articles may not necessarily have the energy or the conviction to read them after viewing how long it is. This forces us into a dilemma, should we write it for audiences to keep up? Or for ourselves? If we choose the former, then its harder to get our point across sometimes, which may have been done better with a longer article. If I choose the latter, then there is a high probability that not many will read it.

#2 – Typing Fatigue

We've been there
We’ve been there

Let’s face it. When you type an article, you reach a point where you are bored of typing. Does this happen all the time? Not necessarily. But there are times when you know that you are tired of what you are typing. It may be due to the lack of energy to do so, or because you are completely lost and have no idea what you were writing about in the first place. Regardless, typing out articles (long ones in particular) can be a bit of a headache. I had such an experience when I wrote an article about My Favorite Protagonists Of All Time.

#3 – Trying To Get Your Point Across To Others

Okay.....Okay
Okay…..Okay

One of the main issues I think a lot of people have (including me), is trying to make sense of what you are writing. When you have a point to make, it may be easy to understand for you but the same cannot be said for people who are reading it. The person who may be reading your article needs to get the point of it. This generally leads to us creators facing major problems when trying to write our article. I had a major issue with this when I wrote an article on Anime vs. American Animation.

#4 – Trying to Remain Consistent in Quality

Yeah...Yeah...I get it
Yeah…Yeah…I get it

This is probably one of the bigger issues that we face. When we write an article that many consider to be good, we tend to spend far too much time on making the article as good as the one everyone liked that we forget about writing our own thing. We tend to forget that we are suppose to write for ourselves, because we are exposed to this new community of fans who are amazing and willing to read your stuff. This is something that before writing, you never had. We never had people to appreciate us, and now we get all of that. It is only natural that we end up trying to impress others. This leads us to the difficulty, of trying to make good articles continuously and that does leave us a bit damaged.

#5 – Coming Up With Ideas

Well....this is really hard
Well….this is really hard

This is probably the biggest issue that writers of articles face, especially for those who write on a scheduled basis. I know for a fact that this is the biggest problem that I face whenever I write an article. Whenever you sit down to write, you either have way too many ideas or no ideas at all. It becomes a major problem for us because we want to write something that we hope that other people will find interesting and worth the read. This always leads us to the main problem, trying to come up with something to write. If we don’t have the basis, then we can’t write. Ever since I joined the MoviepilotU course, this has been by far the biggest problem for me and I think it has for others as well.

So guys, thank you so much for reading. I appreciate it very much, whoever you are. I really, really thank you. As a creator on Moviepilot, with so many people to choose from, if you are reading this then you chose me. I can never thank you guys more for that, because I am inconsistent, and you read my stuff anyway. Also, thank you so much for reading a post that was not about movies. So thanks, but before you leave.