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Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.

 

Books/Publishing

 

How to Build Subplots from Multiple Viewpoints -Writer's Digest

How many subplots is too many subplots?         

 

How Much Time Do You Need To Write? -Catherine, Caffeinated

Do you need the whole day to write for an hour?

 

Film

 

18 Writing Exercises to Improve the Quality of Your Script - Filmmaker IQ

Can lessons learned in a poetry group help you write a better script?

 

Disney's Lucasfilm Says Filmmakers Will Soon Be Using Video Game Engines

- Minyanville

Will special effects soon be done in real time and eliminate the need for extensive postproduction?

                                    

Music

 

Singing Multiple Sets? Beware What You Do Between Shows! - Judy Rodman

Resting between sets can save your voice.

 

How to Get More Click-Throughs and Retweets on Twitter -Hypebot.com

There is an art and science to tweeting. Dan Zarella cracks open Twitter and examines how to best use it.

 

-Richard

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Weekly News Roundup - October 11, 2013

Weekly News Roundup - October 4, 2013

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I've been experimenting with a new strategy that is meant to help me build brand awareness via video, while not stealing too much of my writing time. Let's face it; I want to be an author more than I want to be a brand. But, I know the importance of putting in the effort to build a brand.

 

This new strategy is easy. I write. I turn on my webcam, and then I read what I've just written on camera. After a few simple edits, I upload the video to YouTube and embed the video on my blog. I follow up by posting a link to the blog post on my social media network.

 

I'm not doing any difficult edits. I'm not using an expensive set or camera. I have no wardrobe budget. No makeup is required. It's just me in front of the computer doing what I normally do anyway, reading what I've written for the day.

 

This is not viral video material. I'm making the videos for the readership I already have. And, while I'm not getting thousands of hits, I am getting something I would say is as equally as important:  I'm having interactions with my readers. They've given me comments on the work in progress, including suggestions on what I should include in the story. Plus, they're getting a personal glimpse of me in my element, doing what I do, which helps put a face to my brand.

 

Simply put, I'm having fun. Not to mention I'm creating a more complete first draft of a story than I ever have before. So, while you're trying to decide how to build your brand, I invite you to try this strategy. If I can do it, anyone can. Here's the first video that explains what I'm doing for the readers, and the very first reading of the story. Note how low-tech it is.

 

 

Is this a brand-building strategy you could implement on your next book project?

 

-Richard

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Four Personal Video Tips

Setting Goals for Your Brand

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And the Debate Goes On

The value of MFA (Master of Fine Arts) programs has been a topic of debate for as long as there have been MFA programs. Those who support MFA programs say they help the talented hone their skills and craft. Those who decry MFA programs claim they churn out cookie-cutter writers who lose all sense of originality. Salon.com devoted some virtual space to the question: are MFA programs good for literature or are they ruining literature?

 

It's true that MFA programs have produced far more competent mediocrities than shining stars, but that's also true of every other literary ecosystem. Shining stars are by definition exceptional. (This is what Batuman means when she describes literature as "elitist.") Yes, MFA grads with nothing to say are now able to say it more skillfully, but authors were pretty good at being boring before university writing programs came along and would surely go on being boring if every MFA program were wiped off the face of the earth. The programs don't make them dull, even if they also can't make them interesting.

 

You can read the entire article on Salon.com: Are MFA programs ruining American fiction?

 

Adapting a Retelling of a Classic Novel

Let's say you want to make a movie based on a classic American novel. And then let's say there's already a movie based on the classic novel, and not just a movie, but an iconic movie that won Oscars. What can you do to set your movie apart? Well if that book and movie is To Kill a Mockingbird, you make a movie that features a "modern retelling" of the classic novel.          

 

BBC Films, the Corporation's film-making arm, is to make a movie inspired by Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Cillian Murphy. It will transfer the story's setting from the 1930s American Deep South to contemporary England's industrial northeast. The film, Broken, is adapted from Daniel Clay's 2008 novel of the same name, itself a modern retelling of the 1960 classic.

 

You can read the entire article on The Independent: Cannes Diary: BBC plans 'Geordie' version of To Kill A Mocking Bird

 

Lights! Camera! Make a Viral Video!

Unless romantic comedies from the 80s were totally wrong, there was a time when a band had to load their equipment into a barely road-legal van and travel from dive to dive playing their hearts out. They do this for years until one night, a label executive shows up at one of the bars by happenstance and offers said band a 10-album contract after a killer show. Nowadays, YouTube seems to have eliminated the need for the van and seedy bars. Just ask the group Karmin.    

 

YouTube sensations don't have much longevity outside of the site (unless you're Justin Bieber), but Karmin, the No. 8 most-viewed artist this month, seems to be overcoming that tendency. With appearances on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and a recent onstage collaboration with the Roots, Karmin appears to be on its way. The group blends hip hop with acoustic balladeering to popular effect. We had a chat with the duo that make up Karmin, Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, on their recent rise in popularity and their plans for the future.

 

You can read the entire article on the Los Angeles Times' website: YouTube sensation Karmin stays prepared as record labels loom

 

-Richard

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