Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice and opinions from around the virtual globe.
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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Weekly News Roundup- October 3, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- September 26, 2014
The Self-Publishing Revolution Is Only Just Beginning. Reflections on My Stockholm Trip - The Creative Penn
The rules are changing and indie authors are calling the shots.
Why Publishing Shouldn't Be a One Person Show - The Future of Ink
Success in publishing depends on the people you surround yourself with.
Lights, Camera, Action! How to Professionally Light Your Scene - Hollywood Oracle
Do you know how to get definition out of your shots?
When Camera Choice Can Be the Most Important Factor in Achieving a Beautiful Image - Noam Kroll
You have to have the right camera to capture the right image.
How to Sing - 10 Habits of Successful Professional Singers - From the front of the Choir
The key is to be diligent and to be yourself.
Should We Sing like We Speak? - How to Sing Better
The vocal chords are engaged in two different ways when it comes to talking versus singing.
Weekly News Roundup - September 26, 2014
Weekly News Roundup - September 19, 2014
Lessons Learned from 3 Years as an Author-Entrepreneur - The Creative Penn
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
Two writers talk about the challenges, disasters, and triumphs they experienced directing their first film.
Alternative Music Venues: Where Else Can You Play? - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Bars and weddings aren't the only places to play..
Music-making Advice from Musicians That Non-musicians Might Find Useful - Music Thing
A fun tool to help musicians and non-musicians find inspiration.
Weekly News Roundup- September 19, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- September 12, 2014
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.
Weekly News Roundup- September 5, 2014
Reaching Readers: Lessons Learned from Blog Tours - Self-Publishing Advice
Are blog tours worth the time and money? One author shares her experience.
Why Books Make Us Laugh - Huffington Post
While our minds may distinguish between fact and fiction, our brains do not.
Independent Filmmaking - Finding Your Style - NoHo
The only way to know what kind of filmmaker you are is to make a film.
Stabilize It! - Raindance
How to shoot smooth moving shots on a budget.
Learn How to Sing Nature's Way - How to Sing Better
There's the wrong way to sing and then there's nature's way.
INFOGRAPHIC: Anatomy of Songs - Perfect Porridge
A fun little series of graphs that reveal the components of a song by genre.
Weekly News Roundup- August 1, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- August 8, 2014
Know What You Write - AuthorCulture
When researching a book in this day and age, you have to be at the top of your game because readers have a world of information at their fingertips to fact-check you.
Surprising Self-Publishing Statistics - Publishers Weekly
An interesting look at the state of the ever-growing and increasingly influential indie publishing industry.
What I've Learned from Making Three Feature Films by Patrick Creadon - Film Courage
Director and writer Patrick Creadon discusses the films he's made and how they have shaped his career.
5 Ways to Succeed as a Modern Filmmaker - Filmmaking Stuff
How to get out of your own way and make a movie.
Music Marketing Ideas: Are These Too Outrageous? - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Are these marketing strategies too outside the box?
How Singer-Songwriters Can Maximize Their Career Potential When Using DJs and Producers - Musicgoat.com
Make sure you're recognized for your original material.
Weekly News Roundup- July 25, 2014
Welcome to the Weekly News Roundup - a collection of news, advice, and opinions from around the virtual globe.
The Arc of the Indie Author Journey: From First Book to CEO of Your Global Media Empire - The Creative Penn
Being master of your own destiny can be daunting, but you can afford to learn as you go.
15-Minute Book Marketing Tactics for Busy Authors - All Indie Writers
Making time for marketing just got a lot easier.
How to Crowdfund like Humphrey Bogart - Filmmaking Stuff
Here's looking at...some basic yet effective crowdfunding strategies.
Very, Very Independent Filmmaking - Getting on with It - NOHO Art District
Immersing yourself in the film community can go a long way in helping you become a successful filmmaker.
Starting a Music Career - Musician Coaching.com
Music consultant and former A&R representative Rick Goetz shares his philosophy on getting your music career off the ground.
How to Use Twitter to Attract Fans and Make Connections - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
Use Twitter to connect with fans, journalists, venues, and music idols.
Weekly News Roundup- July 11, 2014
Weekly News Roundup - July 3, 2014
Online Exclusive: Both Sides of the Coin with Bella Andre - Writer's Digest
Bella Andre discusses her journey from traditional publishing to indie publishing.
Writing What Scares You - Huffington Post
It takes courage to write what must be written.
The Secret of Pitching to Film Investors (Shhhh. Don't tell) - Filmmaking Stuff
Be prepared to discuss projected earnings when pitching to film investors.
Why You Should Never Care about Getting Rejected from Any Film Festival & How to Increase Your Odds of Getting In - Noam Kroll
You may be submitting your film to the wrong type of film festivals.
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.
How to Successfully Run a Start-up Business Enterprise - CWG Magazine
Because you're not just a musician, you're an entrepreneur, too.
Weekly News Roundup- July 3, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- June 27, 2014
How Much Attention Should You Pay to Book Design? - The Book Designer
Designing your book inside and out is a crucial component in the indie author's journey.
Becoming an Author - How Do You Spell Success? - The Future of Ink
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.
The Long Take & the Tracking Shot - In Layman's Terms...
A look at how technology and evolving filmmaking techniques have changed the long take in movie making.
Writing from Theme - Screenwriting from Iowa
Why summing your story up in one sentence can help you write more effectively.
5 Mistakes Artists Make in Promoting Their Music - Intern Like a Rockstar
Do you know how to sell yourself and your music?
How to Create a Brand Identity Statement as an Artist - Bob Bakers TheBuzzFactor.com
Do you know how to tell fans and potential investors what kind of music you play?
Weekly News Roundup- June 20, 2014
Book Marketing Advice for Self-Publishers [Infographic] - The Independent Publishing Magazine
Advice for indie authors from around the web in one handy infographic.
How Authors Support Their Writing Dreams - The Book Deal
Tips on how to find your write-work balance.
Can Film Scripts Help People Understand Anxiety? - The Guardian
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.
Songs and Stories: Bev Barnett's Social Media Balancing Act - Michael Gaither.com
Bev Barnett is an experienced singer, songwriter, and PR person.
Weekly News Roundup- June 13, 2014
Your Author Website is Boring: 5 Ways to Fix It - All Indie Writers
Professional blogger and indie author Jennifer Mattern maps out a plan to spruce up your author website.
How to Turn a Freebie Lover into a Super Fan - The Future of Ink
How to turn a casual reader into a super fan.
No One Has Heard of Your Film - and That's Maybe How You Should Like It! - Projector Films
When being unknown can be a marketing strategy.
Learning through Experimentation - Sheri Chandler
How to make a feature film without a crew and with a $500 budget.
Singing Tips: Are Dairy Products Screwing Up Your Singing Voice? - Musicgoat.com
If someone tells you your voice sounds like butter that might be a problem.
Not Listening = Overplaying - Ashley J. Saunders
You don't have to hit every note.
Weekly News Roundup- June 6, 2014
Jog Your Memory: The Effects of Exercise on the Brain - Michael Hyatt
An infographic that shows how exercise can help your brain stay in writing shape.
How a Strong Circle of Influence Can Increase Your Results - The Future of Ink
Start building contacts with skills to help effectively spread the word for future releases.
How Short Should a Short Be? - Film Shortage
Where your audience will see the film makes a big difference when deciding on the length of your short.
For Jennifer, Whomever You Are - Advice on How to Pursue Your Art - Filmmaker IQ
Helpful advice for a photographer that also applies to filmmakers.
Songwriter Vocal Strain: Hazards of Singing While Writing Songs - Judy Rodman
The key is to ease in and pace yourself when using vocals to write a song.
Know about Your Acoustic Guitar - Musician Makers
A detailed look at all the parts of an acoustic guitar.
Weekly News Roundup- May 30, 2014
Using SlideShare for Marketing Fiction and Non-Fiction Books - The Creative Penn
Is video not your thing? Never fear, SlideShare is here!
The Infinite Sadness of Unfinished Work - Catherine, Caffeinated
Making a commitment and setting a deadline to complete those unfinished manuscripts.
Filmmakers Need to Focus More on Story, Less on Technology - Daily Sundial
Using the latest and greatest industry toy will never take the place of creating a solid story.
Three Tips on How to Find Your Target Audience - Filmmaking Stuff
Knowing your audience can help you make a better movie.
House Concerts: How to Make $25K in 2 Months with Shannon Curtis - Part 1 - Bob Baker's TheBuzzFactor.com
An interesting new business model for bands.
Why Eye Language Matters to Your Voice - Judy Rodman
It isn't just acting that's in the eyes.
Weekly News Roundup- May 23, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- May 16, 2014
Tend Your Garden - A Newbies Guide to Publishing
Your success depends on how active you are in your publishing career.
The 5 Essential Story Ingredients - Writer's Digest
You're going to have to acclimate yourself to crisis and escalation in order to make a discovery and change.
"The Enemy of Art Is the Absence of Limitations" & How Boxing Yourself in Will Help You Develop the Best Story Idea - Noam Kroll
Following strict rules can give you the freedom to be more creative.
How Your Face Changes in Different Lighting - Pixel Bark
Are your actors ready for their close up? Here's a video that demonstrates how lighting can make all the difference.
Tumblr Marketing for Musicians - Musician Coaching.com
Tumblr's Music Evangelist Nate Auerbach discusses how musicians are using the social networking site to build their brand.
Indie Label Advice from the Great Escape 2014 - Hypebot.com
Indie label advice that can be applied to indie artists.
Weekly News Roundup- May 9, 2014
The Last Few Days at London Book Fair Have Been Mind-blowing for Me -The Creative Penn
An excellent breakdown of the news that really mattered coming out of the London Book Fair.
How Authors Can Market Themselves as Experts - Marketing Tips for Authors
Authors of fiction can be experts too.
10 Filmmaking Myths: Busted - Raindance
Elliot Grove, the founder of the Raindance Film Festival, dishes on the myths he has come across on his independent film journey.
Case Study: "Memory Lane" - A Lesson in Sustainable Indie Filmmaking on No Budget - IndieNYC
How an independent filmmaker secured an international distribution deal for a film with a $300 budget.
Live Shows! How to Squeeze More Marketing Power Out of Your Music Gigs - Bob Baker's The BuzzFactor.com
A live performance is your opportunity to gain a fan for life if you play your social media cards right.
Quieting Your Mind for Performance Focus - Judy Rodman
Your vocal performance depends on your state of mind.
Weekly News Roundup- April 18, 2014
Weekly News Roundup- April 11, 2014
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Dialogue Tip: Make it Clear Who is Talking
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Watch Out for Run-on Sentences
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