Sunday, 11 December 2016

How to plot an awesome story




Once you have made up your mind that you are going to write a book the very next thing that comes to your mind is what should I write about.

Many time it might have happened that you start writing a book and might have even reached the half way and you just come to know that your plot idea is really boring or someone just has wrote the very same story in much more interesting way.

One of the few most important things that you need to take care about before writing a story is designing a good plot.



A good plot is like a blue print of your story, where you know what the story is going to be before writing it out or you can say plotting it with ink on a paper. I might say it as designing your own creative world where everything happens what you think of.

So here I am presenting you some of the important tips that you need to take care of while creating or designing a plot for your story.

1. First you need to choose a genre before you think about a story line or you can do vice-versa if you already have a story in your mind.

2. Once you have decided a genre you need to think about the things or the sequences of events that you need in your story.



3. If you already had a story in your mind you could skip that point and directly think about the characters that you might need in your story.

4. Always remember to keep a few blank spaces in plot so that you can make changes when you feel like as you get to write the story.

5. Choose the amount of characters only as much as you need. Pull only those characters into highlights that are needed. Don't over do with the characters, that might look like chaos and very difficult for readers as well as you to remember who's what.



6. Ensure that you have at least one Main Character (MC), you can have more than one which totally depends on the type of your story but its advisable to limit the main characters to max 3 or 4.

7. Once you're done with the characters choose the time in which your story exists along with the place you want it to happen.

8. Once you are done with all the points above you can start now plotting the characters according to sequences in your story that are going to happen.



9. Always remember to provide the information only as much as its needed according to your plot. Avoid information dump as far as possible.

10. If you're story has a character's past don't overdo with the past, just keep it as much as its needed and let the story flow.

11. Write down all the things that you think are god enough to start with and finalise your story plot.

12. Ensure that you have realistic characters and they don't end up looking same in your story.

13. To avoid generalisation of the characters you need to research about the time, era and type of personality that you're going to develop for your characters.



14. While developing personalities for characters ensure that it goes with your genre and story. Dont make a bad-ass character type a hero in your story. I know its you're story you wanna do it how you want but that certainly won't be keeping up while writing and readers as well.

15. Don't ever forget to play with the characters as much as you want and even with the plot and timezone. Be as creative and realistic with your plot as much as you can. Bring it out into reality. You can always do some character sketches and stuff to get a proper idea of your characters and scenes.

16. Last and the most important thing is choosing a POV to write from. You'll find many articles over internet that'll guide you to choose a POV but always keep in mind to choose a POV that suits your story. After all you're the writer and choose one you need and just let your creativity flow.



if hope these points will help you out to plan out a good story and if you like these don't forget to share the post and follow me on socials for further updates.
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Saturday, 10 December 2016

Things I Find Funny In Cliche Genres


Stories have been our source of entertainment from an era that no one can remember. All of these have been classified into several genres making it easy for us to choose what kind of entertainment we might need.

But I have noticed many times that even after so many years some of the genres have remained so cliched and redundant that they have turned out to be funny instead and people have started to mix genres and created new genres to hide those mistakes.

So I thought about combining all those thoughts that were in my mind and write a small quirky little post about it.

Romance : Romance is one of the oldest and even the most cliched genres that have been existed right since the beginning of entertainment era. You might just think how romance can be cliched as we have been seeing a lot of stuff in romance now a days.

well clearing your doubts here are the things that I found weird -

There's always the same plot with no whatsoever new design. If you wanna make a romantic plot its like the same old recipe.



There's same old stuff having a boy and girl with opposite and contrasting qualities for both the characters like rich and poor, bold and shy, and stuff.

Then comes the scene where they both meet for the first time and every time its surprisingly same old boy and girl having eye contacts the surprisingly there's a magic and love sparks as if cupid was standing there waiting for both of them to have eye contact and install love software in them.

Then there's same old thing that one of the is desperate and chases the other one which is quite aware of the fact that the other one is nuts for them and still they choose to have ego and ignore them.

Next you come to a scene were there's a difficulty. It's like a game you can't power up without completing a challenge. Difficulty scenes may include things like misunderstandings, family issues, money issues etc...

And after like you complete a challenge successfully in a game there's a reward, same goes for your MC where the reward is his or her partner. The sequence of events might differ but you certainly will find these in any romantic story.

Horror : This is one of the most redundant and illogical genres according to me that is still the same as someone had invented it maybe eras ago.

There's same one thing where a bunch of people or a character going over to a haunted scene where there's always a new organism doing stupidest things ever that people think are scary.



The haunting organism shown in these movies are so powerful that they can make humans and even things fly. Maybe those organisms are some bad kids from Harry Potter's Plot whose mommies didn't allow them or taught them how to socialise with people.

At times I feel, if this organism wasn't stupid then this could be an awesome sci-fi movie and the people portrayed in the movie are either of too scientific or too superstitious.


Mystery/Thrillers : There are times when people often are confused between these two genres like they don't know whats should be a mystery and what should be a thrill factor in there.

Most of the times there's a murder mystery. Guys people aren't always curious to know who murdered whom or why a particular person was killed.

There's aught to be a scene where they goof it up making it a sequence where one person is killed- detective comes- difficulties in case investigation- finding killer - verdict on killer.



Most of the times mystery is mixed with either horror or sci-fi. If you wanted to make any of those genres then why did you choose mystery first of all?

Mystery is something that increases curiosity and surely doesn't meant that we start getting curious about other people's personal lives.

Science Fiction : Popularly known as Sci-Fi. Its one of the most cliched genres in line after Romance, and Horror.

Why you guys need to everytime to mess with biology or nature? Can't you think of something more interesting then messing with nature? Then why do you name it sci-fi name it messing with nature don't add science to it.



Every other science fiction been picked as one of the same things typically messing with nature. Science is just a hell lot more then messing with nature.

There are the same things like some aliens dropping from other planets, whereas even NASA is unable to find living beings on mars or a bunch of people who start experimenting on some stuff which was nonsensical for other but then creates a new discovery which is extremely harmful for others.

Fantasy : Fantasy I feel is somewhat cliched but has seen most improvements so its the last genre in my list.



If you randomly choose a fantasy movie, there's aught to be a magical cum intellectual sage type person who knows everything and can do nothing himself so he needs someone else do the work for him.

I feel this as a insult of all intellects honestly. Most of the times its an old sage or sometimes it might be some other organism. You'll always find a MC which knows nothing, A intellectual and a bunch of honestly useless cast with MC that does nothing but add to difficulties of MC. At times you might find a lover who is again typically a emotional fool and useless again to be honest.


Half of the time while going through these genres I can see surely lack of ideas and nothing but messy plots which were poorly designed by some  people who clearly have no knowledge about these genres.

Though there are many stories which have awesome plots like if I talk about Fast and Furious, Transformers, Avengers, Harry Potter,  Iron Man, Twilight, Fifty Shades of Grey. These are a few stories which I personally feel that have something more than cliched same old plots and the creators have really worked on the plots.

If you liked and enjoyed this post don't forget to share it and comment so I can know what you think about cliched genres. I am coming up with another post where I'll guide you how to go about making a really great plot.
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Monday, 28 November 2016

How to get out of writer's block

There will be times when you are desperately trying to write something but there are scenes in your mind but you are just unable to pen them down into words. Many of you call it as writer's block or some people call it writer's block when you're stuck upon a scene in your story and can't think about what to write ahead.


There are several remedies and honestly some of them are really weird that you can find all over the internet. Internet is after all the biggest source of information right? Out of the frustration then you might start searching for all sorts of tips and tricks to get out of the writer's block. Many of you may go beyond certain limits with those stupid tips that you think will work. But if you ask me, Honestly they don't do a thing.


There can be endless arguments about this topic but here I am bringing you a few things that actually work. I don't you might even find them on Internet but these are some of the things that I have tried to get out of the writer's block as many of you might know I had been having these instances where I was unable to pen down the scenes which were already in my mind and I really didn't knew how that could happen?


Here are steps that I would suggest and not recommend as people have different tastes and choices. These surely will get you out of your block

1) Just leave your book aside.



This will help you tremendously whether you believe me or not. For once just stop thinking about the book, like it doesn't exist.

2) Do everything apart from writing and reading.



Once you have kept your manuscript aside which you were working on, don't jump on reading. Just stay away from text for a few days. Do anything that involves least of typing or reading or anything that reminds you that you have to write a book.

3) Go on a holiday or an adventure



I know many of you think that I have gone nuts that's why I am asking you to leave your book aside and do nothing but absolutely nothing. But trust me this helps. I'll tell you how at the end of this post.

4) Think about the life which you have to live when you are not a writer.




When you finally on holiday, just don't start thinking about anything. Leave that writer personality behind you. Even if you just think to have a walk out and aren't going on holiday, just forget that you're a writer. Think about everything else you would be doing if you weren't writing a book.

5) Discover the real you.



Once you find yourself, the self which is not a writer, just enjoy being that self. You might be a Dad, Mom, Sister, Brother, Employee etc... enjoy other roles of your real life.

Once you have tried all this and you feel like you finally have discovered the lost you. You can now go back to your book and start writing. You automatically find writing as a pleasure and words will start flowing down from your minds on to paper.

Now if any of you are interested in how this works I'll tell you. Before telling why this works I would like to make it clear that people have varied tastes and choices differ from person to person but there are some points in the human psychic that are same for each one of us and you can skip this part if you feel the points above aren't going to work.



Think that like the characters of the book are inside your mind, your real life roles are also inside your mind. Each role of your real life is inside your head. The role of writer inside your too gets tired after working day and night over a manuscript when you don't give it a break. This results in choking of that personality giving you a gift which you guys term as 'writer's block'.

When you just forget for the time being that you're a writer and you start living other roles of your real life you start feeling better as you gain new experiences and also giving the writer inside you a rest.



When you get back from your rest, the writer inside you is fresh again to work for you. This work not only for writers but for everything and every single profession. Monotonously doing a thing or a set of things make you hate those things. Take some break enjoy other roles of your life and you will certainly feel much better. Also the work performance will be enhanced when you get back with a new spirit.

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Saturday, 26 November 2016

How to attract readers and get more reads - From POV of an Avid Reader


Wattpad is an awesome place to create and share your imaginary world into awesomely dwindled stories. As a writer you may go through hundreds of posts over internet, consider a lot of writing tips and what not. But sometimes your book isn't getting the attention you think it should be getting.

There are several reasons why reader just ducks your book aside and never reads it again or might just read but never recommend it to anyone else. In the previous post ' What makes me put your book down - From a POV of Book Critique ' I had mentioned the points which you need to take care of while writing a book which were from a POV of a Book Critique or an Expert.

Here I am going to talk about Reader's POV

It happens many times that some books having not so good ratings by the critics are loved by audience. For example the famous "Fifty shades of Grey" Or the books of the Indian Best-Seller Author "Chetan Bhagat" . There are a few areas which need to be covered while considering the point of audience as well.

So here are a few points that you need to take care of while writing a book you get the amount of reads that your book really is worth of.

1) Choose the Audience

This is extremely important step to be kept in mind while writing the book. At times writers forget that they are writing a book to tell a story and convey the information to a set of audience. There are a lot of factors that decides how your book will perform and most of them depend on the kind of audience you choose.



Don't blindly start writing a Sci-Fi and expect it to reach millions of readers as Sci-Fi and Fantasy are the some of the genres which aren't generally being picked up from the shelf by first time readers. Some Genres are like Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure, Thrillers, History and Mystery have very limited set of audience though its a regular and loyal type of audience.

Such books might get very limited amount of reads but the number is pretty much constant and sees very limited growth whereas the genres like Romance, Teen Fiction and Young Adult are the type of genres which have the most fluctuations but are generally opted by first time readers so there are a lot of chances to get new readers engrossed in your books. But readers in this genre aren't quite regular and there are chances of getting extremely high reads or even few reads or no reads as a worst nightmare, which all depends on the type of the world you create inside your book.

Factors like Age, Language, Culture etc too have an effect that has to be kept in mind.

2) Choose Appropriate Plot



This is the second most Important step when it comes to writing a book. After you choose your audience. Once you have made up your mind of writing a genre for a specific set of audience. Now its time for choosing a plot and creating a new world of imagination. Age of the audience here is most accounted factor along with the type of genre you wanna write your new story in. Make sure its not a Adult Romance in a Sci-Fi which you're aiming for Kids (Sarcasm).

3) Choose the Language

The level of language is also one of the most important factors when it comes to readers. Keep the thing in mind that you are writing a book for audience and not for yourself. Choose the level of language depending on your audience.


If you wanna cater to masses don't go over with your shakespearen language. We all know that you have awesome knowledge of words but if a reader needs to look at dictionary up to or more than 10 times while reading a few pages then there are rare chances of getting your book into mass reads. Your book might be well acknowledged by other writers and people who belong to literature background or people with a very good knowledge of literature though but won't go well with masses.

Usage new words is good which makes the text more attractive and fun to read but an over do of such words which already have simple and quite attractive meanings is useless to be very honest. That doesn't mean that you start writing using all the slangs and chatting languages in your story. A perfect balance is needed.

4) Working with Trends

Another little thing that should be taken care of while writing a book. Trends are also one of the few factors that influence the readers to choose your book. Generally Romance, Teen Fiction, and now even Young Adult are a kind of books which are always in trend but adding a bit of Romance in Sci-FI or Historical Fiction or Mystery won't spoil your plot.


You need to design a strong plot if you want to get mass reads. If you're writing a Rom-Com, Here Romance is just a Filler and Comedy is the thing you need to focus on. A filler is just like a your spine, it gives a kind of backbone to your plot. A filler acts like salt in food, perfect amount is needed so that your food tastes good. You need to Remember that Romance is only a filler.

While you're writing a purely Romantic fiction you need a another major factor that drives your story as Romance is just a filler, all it can provide is a back support but it won't drive your story ahead.

5) Book Promotions

Here comes the part which is like kind of important but sometimes its the only part a few Authors focus on. First you need to create a work that's worthy to be promoted and talked about. The promotions are only the secondary and helping hands. If your book is really good it will surely reach the masses as when people like something they are bound to talk about it.



All you need to do is keep them updated about your book's status and other stuff. Create an Author/Book page where your readers can connect with you, maintain a blog or a place over Internet where you share all the updates about your book and that's all when it comes to promotions. There's no need of intrusive adverts on pretty much all of the media that reaches to people. Remember

Work in Silence and let your Book speak

I know the quote is not the one that's used most of the times. That's all for now that you need to take care of about your books to get more reads. If you like the posts don't forget to share it with your fellow writers and you can follow on socials for all kinds of updates. I this information comes out handy while writing a new book. 
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Friday, 18 November 2016

What makes me put your book down - From a POV of Book Critique

There are several articles on how to write a book and how to go about planning and creating a book. But still, it happens that people most of the times either don't choose your story or just leave it halfway.

There are several things to be considered and accomplished while creating and planning a good story. You take a lot of efforts to shape and outline your creative world that was residing inside your mind on to paper. But what drives people off from your book?

In this article I have discussed most of the points apart from just plain grammar or language that turns away any reader from your book.

I have read many published books and even have reviewed a lot of Wattpad books, where I mostly send them a personal message with the points and a detailed review of where to and how to improve as many of them get demotivated when those points are brought out in public.

There are cases where I just read not more than a para and turn off the book. Here are a few points that specifically drives me off from a book.

1) Cliche Plot

It's one of those things that restricts me from even choosing a book forget opening and looking into it. If you're writing a cliche then make sure your story really has some interesting ups and downs or maybe some thrills.

Most of the times I found same old typical Bad Boy- Good Girl plots or CEO/Billionaire-introvert girl plots. Why everyone needs to portray girl as a weakling? I didn't understand why you need to portray any sex as weak or bad or anything?


2) Improper Blurb :

There are a lot of people who actually don't really either know what a blurb means or what's need for a blurb. In most of the cases where I had reviewed, there were same old points in the blurb that you will find in every other story.

I don't need an explanation for why you have chosen this genre because I know you're writing a Romance/Teen Ficton/Mystery/Sci-Fi/etc

You need to highlight why your story is different from others. Introduce your characters, give some idea about the plot, scene or the location and at the same time don't tell the whole story in the blurb itself.

Genres like Romance and Teen Fiction mostly have extremely similar blurbs. You need to show why your story is worth a read.

3) Plot-holes :

Well I know the word 'Plot-holes' have no existence but you might have understood what I meant by that. The plot isn't designed properly and there are huge gaps in story sequences. Sometimes while reading I wonder "Now where did this come from?" then I scroll up and down a few chapters and try to figure out if I had missed anything and most of the times I find no information regarding it.

4) Extensive Stretching :

The word itself says a lot. There are many plots where even the minutest things are stretched into pages long chapter. I had reviewed a book where only a single scene had taken over a huge chapter somewhere around 8K words and If I personally would have edited it then the chapter would hardly come around 2-3K words. Don't unnecessarily stretch the things. Details are needed for better imagination and understanding of the plot, but over detailing makes the plot bore. Either it makes reader skip the chapter or put the book down and never look at it again.

5) No background :

This was one of the most ridiculous things I had seen, Like you want me to imagine and put my own background for your story? It's a complete opposite of the point above. Make sure you have enough descriptions about your plot background that suffices reader's curiosity.

6) Depressive Plots :


If there's nothing but only depression in more than half or even in half of your book then its a complete turn off. I would never read even a paragraph ahead after that. No one needs to read a depressive book that turns off the reader's mood. Depressive scenes can be placed but it shouldn't take over your whole book. Look at the overall feel of the book and make sure that it isn't depressive.

7)  Improper Genre :

Choosing a perfect genre for your story is one of the most important things that you need to do. For example, there are many cases where people have placed their Romance books in Mystery genre as It has a element of mystery to it. If the mystery has a significant role in your story than you can add it as a sub-genre.

You need to let your book through beta-reading or even discuss your plot with someone who knows more about writing and take their help to classify your book in an appropriate genre.

So there were a few points that specifically drives me off from any book. If you like this article then don't forget to share it with your friends.
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Thursday, 17 November 2016

#DeMonetisationMythsBusted

There are a lot of myths and rumours being spread around since the decision of demonetisation. Its sad to know many people don't know the actual matter and just keep spreading rumours around which not only affects the common masses but also creates panic around.

I won't be talking about the stuff that you already know. These are some of the facts that PIB India had shared on its twitter timeline. I hope with this you can tackle some of the rumours around you.

1)

MYTH: #DeMonetisation of 100 and 50 rupee notes soon!

REALITY: No such intention!

2) MYTH: News of DeMonetisation was leaked! REALITY: Complete secrecy!

3) MYTH: Cost of DeMonetisation too high REALITY: Cost of black money is most to the common man

4) MYTH: People will find other means REALITY: Close watch, legislative changes to check black money

5)
MYTH: Chips! REALITY: No chips!

6) MYTH: Poor quality, colour comes off! REALITY: Don't worry! Security feature!

7) MYTH: Next up - seal Bank lockers, freeze jewellery! REALITY: Baseless! No such proposal!



 I hope that this information turns out to be helpful for all of you. 
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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Currency Change - My opinions, thoughts and maybe rants.

Hey everyone, well honestly I had no intentions of even talking about this topic, forget about writing a whole blog post. But then I found some people who were enough educated to understand the situation and still were spreading panic around the social media. I don't know their intentions although.

I neither am interested in giving out reasons for why they might be doing this but a few credible sources of information are spreading panic across social medias and people are helping those articles get viral.

As per my G.K. I think rather than being redundant, adamant and not accepting the change gracefully we can just help the government in its initiative. It doesn't happen everyday when government calls out for help to the general mass. The most ridiculous about this is that the chaos spreading around the social media is via the people who don't even have appropriate knowledge, just forget about their credibility on the topic they are ranting and are spreading nothing but just panic around.

I don't think I am capable of judging the whole Indian government or the officials that are working hard to change and make the system better so I would refrain myself on talking about economic effects and other super duper terms that these lame guys with click baits are using around.

You think you're enough capable of judging the Government and understand the whole Indian Economy or the World Economy? Even if you really are and still you're spreading panic around in this sort of emergency crisis than I feel sorry for you.

Its not bad at all when you're letting out your views, you surely can without any issues but make sure you apply some sense and logic behind that. Just keep in mind whom you're asking questions, asking questions and doubting the decisions are two different things. Surely it is democracy and people have the right to decide and choose but don't bluff anything about the things you don't know. All I can do is request to stop panicking blindly and co-operate with the people who are working out to bring out the change in the system which were waiting for god knows since when.

I don't have any intentions to offend anybody. Sorry if you're in case but just don't blindly bluff and spread panic around that's a sincere request.
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Monday, 24 October 2016

Tutorial - How to make a Multi-cast cover

Hey everyone,

In the previous article we taught you about making a simple or a unicast cover. Here we are getting a bit more complex. We are gonna use multiple pictures and this gonna get more complex.

Requirements : photo editing apps, you can use any but here we have used phonto and picsart, both of them are freely available in app stores. If you have knowledge about image editing you can even use snapseed for achieving pro level effects.

NOTE : ALL WATTPAD COVERS SHOULD BE OF SIZE 512 px X 800 px  WIDTH AND HEIGHT RESPECTIVELY.

Step One : Choose a background Image and other images that you'll be needing for the cover.
Step One : Choose a background Image and other images that you'll be needing for the cover 

Choose any image of your choice. Make sure it is in HD or even if it isn't make sure that your book cover background doesn't look pixelated or blurred. You can search internet for stock photography or can use any copyright free images. Its better advised to choose no copyright images or any images that belong to any of the creative commons license or free for personal use. If you're planning to make it for something that's gonna earn money make sure you have appropriate consent to use it commercially. Image should be relatable to the story or concept of the theme you're going to keep in mind while designing a cover.  Even for the cast as we said make sure choosing your character images appropriately you download and keep a lot of them. Incase you wish to change your mind. But for that you need finalise your cast before you start making a cover. You can even use portraits of famous celebs but make sure you aren't using it for monetary gains else that could land you in copyright issues.

Step Two :  Cut out the required Portions



Now you need to crop and edit out the parts that you'll need. Just open those images that you had downloaded previously into image editor app. Now just crop out the characters or the portions that you'll be needing and save them.  You can add effects to the parts before cropping so that they look attractive or funky. But as always avoid overdo.

Step Three :  Arrange the cropped parts.



Now as you are done with selecting and separating out your characters or the elements of your cover. You can now arrange them by opening app and creating a new template. Add the cropped parts to template and adjust their locations where you would like them to be on cover.

Step Four : Add the background image.

Now add the background image using the add background option. After adding the background you can also add effects to background to make sure it gives out the vibes that you want to be in a cover. As i had said in previous post don't over do the effects. Just make sure it looks pretty with the cast you've Chosen.

Step Five : Save the cover design




You're now half done with your super cool looking complex cover. Now export it or as in simpler terms save it with the resolution you want it to be. Well you can choose for maximum resolution for excellent results but that'll increase the image size. Though high wouldn't be that bad. But don't go for small. It'll detoriate  image quality. Choose any between high or maximum. I would opt for high as its best for a our needs for printing or other purposes you can choose maximum.

Step Six : Add text to image


It's one of the most important aspects of cover designing. You can now add text using any good app, here we have used phonto for adding text to image. While adding text make sure you don't overdo the funky texts. A slight tinge from regular straight faced fonts surely look attractive but that won't be looking any professional or good either. Make sure that your text is visible even so that your title is visible even when someone scrolls through your lists. Authors name can be or should be smaller than the title. Make sure to place the texts in regions such that the overall feel of the cover is good. Make sure to keep texts such that it doesn't hide the background image as it might depict a story on itself. Use contrasting colours for the text, bold isn't necessary but might look good in some cases. Adjust the text and effects in a way that it is eye pleasing.

Step Seven : Publish your final cover.



When you're done with the texts and other stuff. Make sure that the cover overall feels good. You can edit it again to ensure factors like brightness, contrast, sharpness etc. Apply effects till you're satisfied with your output and make sure you don't over do it. When you feel satisfied with your artwork its ready for publishing.

I hope that this helps you out to design your own complex multicast covers.

Else you can always request here at @authorsarena ;) do comment and share it and let me know what you think about it. For any doubts please feel free ask in your comments.





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