Weekly News Roundup - November 28, 2014
Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.
Do Writers Have to "Write What They Know?" - Backspace
Is it "write what you know" or "write what you're passionate about"?
How to Build a Fictional World - TED Ed
Author Kate Messner reveals a few tricks of the trade to bring fictional worlds to life.
Structures - Projector Films
Learn about the '5-act Pixar poker idea' in this podcast.
Filmmakers Risk Everything by Doing These 7 Things - Film Industry Network
What risks are you taking?
"Is It Realistic at My Age, to Think I Can Ever Really Become a Respectable Sax Player?" - Sax Station
Is there such a thing as being too old to pursue your musical dreams?
Is How You Label Yourself As a Singer Holding You Back? - From the Front of the Choir
If you call yourself a soprano, you may not realize you can sing in the alto range.
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How to Write Faster, Better and Love What You Do - The Publishing Profits Podcast Show
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Seven Things to Consider before Launching Your Web Series - Indiewire
Critical key ingredients for your web series.
The 7 Filmmaking Blogs You Should Be Reading & Bookmarking Today - Noam Kroll
Filmmaker Noam Kroll identifies his favorite blogs dedicated to the craft of filmmaking.
Five Steps for Successfully Crowdfunding a Gig - Musicgoat.com
There are now crowdfunding sites for bands to raise money for gigs.
Ten Electronic Music Production Techniques and Strategies to Improve Your Sound - Renegade Producer
How to make your mixes sound more professional.
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Ten Benefits of Guest Blogging You Can't Get on Your Own Blog - Color Your Life Published
Expand your brand and build your credibility through guest blogging.
Quick Tip: Build Relationships with Reviewers Well before Your Book Launch - All Indie Writers
Don't wait until the last minute to line up those reviews.
Insider Insights on Indie Filmmaking: Selling Your Film and Wrapping Up - Bleeding Cool
The final installment of a 28-part series on indie filmmaking.
No Budget Filmmaking: Rise of the Backyard Indie - Filmmaking Stuff
Tips on how to catch the indie filmmaking wave.
Singing While Old: How Vintage Voices Can "Rock" - Judy Rodman
As you grow older you may lose some vocal ability, but you may actually be able to sing better.
How to Build a Fan Base from Scratch - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
What do you do if you are just starting out?
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10 Social Media Rules Every Author Needs to Know - The Write Conversation
Consistency is the key for social media.
How Can I Get Comments on My Blog? - BadRedhead Media
Comments equal engagement, engagement equals a motivated fan.
Sam Mendes's 25 Rules for Directors - Vanity Fair
Showing gratitude is perhaps the most important rule on Mendes's list.
5 Questions for Indie Film Funding - Filmmaking Stuff
How to make finding funding for your film less complicated.
Infographic about the Evolution of Music - TRAEXS.COM Music Video News
The variety of music out there is astonishing.
The Most Important Step to Vocal Improvement - Judy Rodman
Be sure to do your PPP training.
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Why Authors Should Have a Newsletter - Marketing Tips for Authors
Having your own newsletter puts you in the driver?s seat.
Learn How Joss Whedon Approaches Story, Writing & Directing in 10 Minutes - No Film School
Joss Whedon has proven he can craft a story for film.
How Does a Director Know They Are Getting the Best Actor for the Role - Film Courage
How to avoid miscast actors playing the wrong role.
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Five Moral Dilemmas That Make Characters (& Stories) Better - Writer's Digest
Without moral dilemmas, your character won't experience growth.
Six Tips for Writing Minor Characters - The Passive Voice
Minor characters do have a major impact on your story.
How Movies Trick Your Brain into Empathizing with Characters - WIRED
Feeling a little schizophrenic? You might be watching a movie.
The Minimalist Guide to Making a Movie - Filmmaking Stuff
You don't need to wait for the perfect moment to make a film.
Four Reasons You Should Sell Your Music by the Single - musicgoat.com
The release of singles may be back in a big way.
Niche Music Markets: How to Dominate Genres and Themes - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Sometimes the narrower the market, the better.
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Joanna Penn describes her journey since leaving her career as an IT business consultant and becoming a full-time author.
What Does Editing Look Like? Behind The (Crime) Scene at The Editor's Screen - The Book Designer
A detailed look at what an editor actually does to your manuscript.
How to Get Noticed as a Filmmaker - Filmmaking Stuff
Make your own breaks.
Podcast Episode 41: Writing and Making a Feature - Projector Films
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Alternative Music Venues: Where Else Can You Play? - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
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5 Ways to Beat Average - with Missy Tippens - The Seekers
The temptation to settle for a good word choice instead of the perfect word choice is always present when you're working on a book-length project.
6 Steps to Overcoming Social Media Writer's Block - Digital Book World
How to get over those moments when you just don't feel like promoting yourself on social media.
Cameras Don't Make Movies, People Do - The Black and Blue
It's all about knowing how to use the camera you have.
The Creative Process According to Francis Ford Coppola - Filmmaker IQ
The filmmaking legend says the writing is the most challenging part of filmmaking.
Music Publicity Tips: Three Great Pieces of Advice - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Let them know you're a perk, not a pest.
If Not Now, When? - Start Singing NOW! - From the Front of the Choir
There is no time like the present to go after your dreams.
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Quick Tip: Conduct an Author Website Audit - All Indie Writers
Is your website working for or against you?
3 Ways to Pare Down Your Prose - Beyond Paper Editing
Some advice for nonfiction authors.
6 Filmmaking Tips from John Cassavetes - Film School Rejects
The art of improvisational filmmaking.
How to Generate a Sticky Story Your Audience Will Love - Filmmaking Stuff
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How to Sing - The Definitive Guide - From the Front of the Choir
It all starts with opening your mouth.
Studio Headphones: Tips for Best Use - Judy Rodman
Don't forget the value of ambient sound during a recording session.
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How to Turn Your Written Content into Video Content - The Future of Ink
Repurpose written content into video content for your blog.
Goodreads Giveaways: Don't Do What You're Told - Catherine, Caffeinated
Author Catherine Ryan Howard shares her insight on how to give away books on Goodreads.
7 Bad Habits That Are Holding You Back as a Cinematographer - Noam Kroll.com
Never stop learning how to break bad habits.
How Digital Cameras Changed Hollywood Filmmaking - DTV USA FORUM
A digital shoot is different than a film shoot, but the story is still the heart of a movie.
How to Love Your Own Singing Voice - Easy Ear Training
You have to love your own voice before your audience will.
25 Artists and Marketing Experts Give Their Best Advice on How to Promote a New Album - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Release your album one song at a time.
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5 Ways an Editor is like a Dentist - The Book Designer
An editor might cause you a little pain, but it's for the good of you and your book.
How to Be an Author Book Bloggers Will Love - Author Culture
It's really a matter of planning and being considerate.
The Shocking Truth about Your Movie Idea - Filmmaking Stuff
The key to a successful movie idea may be finding the audience first.
6 Filmmaking Tips from Terry Gilliam - Film School Rejects
And now for something completely different from the only American who was a member of Monty Python.
In Response: You're an Artist AND an Entrepreneur - New Music Box
Success belongs to those who wear both hats.
Singing Low Notes at a Recording Mic: The Ninja Technique - Judy Rodman
Hitting that low note is a pressing matter.
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5 Reasons You Procrastinate on Getting Your Book Done: What Is It Costing You? - The Future of Ink
How to overcome all those excuses that are holding you back.
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Is your email marketing campaign as crucial as your filmmaking strategy?
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Writing What Scares You - Huffington Post
It takes courage to write what must be written.
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Vocal Scooping - How to Get This Style Trick Right - Judy Rodman
Sometimes when you can't reach a note you'll scoop your vocals to get there.
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In today's publishing world, the author doesn't just have control over their ability to succeed; they also have control over how to define success.
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Tips on how to find your write-work balance.
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Has the constant theme of high anxiety in films helped society come up with more effective treatments for anxiety?
Tip of the Day: The Critical Importance of Post Audio - Noam Kroll
Post Audio is so important yet so overlooked and underappreciated.
3 Tips for Recording Group Vocals with a Single Microphone - The Audio-Technica Blog
Recording group vocalists separately can result in an unnatural sound.
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