Monthly Archives: December 2016

Tips To Write A Book In 2 Weeks

No doubt, you’ve been attracted by the title, but the first disclaimer is that although this is possible, some books will take far longer. Some books may be bubbling around in your head for months (years even), and then when the time is right – you could get it all down on paper in days. In an interview, Harry Potter author J K Rowling said she had literally the whole idea, 7 books, plot outline and characters from beginning to end during a train journey from London to Scotland – so anything is possible.

This article is to help the budding writers, who are looking for some inspiration and encouragement, but just aren’t too sure of where / how to start.

If writing a book is on your ‘to do’ list, (and you want to do this quickly), I may be stating the obvious, but the first thing you really need to do, is CLEAR A CHUNK OF TIME if possible, to be able to write undisturbed. Now, everyone is different. Writing from dusk till dawn may suit you, or writing for ‘4 hours’ a day may be better… either way – step one is to make time for the writing. Understand when you are at your creative best and aim to write at that time.

Have an outline plan. Decide what your chapter titles will be. Decide what content is to go into each chapter, and then start writing. This will give you some structure and guidance.

If you have lots of ideas – but each idea onto a sticky note, on a wall, divide the chapters up and place the sticky note into the correct chapter. This is one method to help you to organise the ideas in your head. Get them out of your head, onto paper, and into the right chapter.

Set a timetable. You may want to aim for ‘1 chapter a day’ or something – to keep you to a deadline, and on track.

Get a writing buddy. If you are lucky enough to have a friend enrolled in your cause, promise them ‘one chapter a day’ and they may read it for you as you go along, and give you feedback. This can encourage you to write, if you *KNOW* someone is waiting for the content. If you don’t have this, see if there is someone who can hold you accountable to your own deadlines. Maybe a writers group?

If you are writing a factual book,(maybe on a topic that you’ve given previous talks / presentations on) then you may well find that you could already have 60-80% of your material already! Your ‘job’ is to then organise this material into a book format, which isn’t as daunting a task as actually creating something from scratch.

Business owners who want to write a book have this advantage. If your material is one which is already in written format – then you’ll be at an advantage if you wish to write a book.

And remember, a book could be ‘60’ pages… it doesn’t have to be ‘a novel’. It could be fairly short. It could be an ‘introduction to’ or a ‘step by step guide’ – (which lots of pictures), it doesn’t necessarily have to be dense text.

Music Home Recording Studio

When you want to produce music in your own home studio there are a few things you need to learn before you get started and I will tell you what they are so you can begin producing music right away.

LEARN AND MASTER YOUR EXISTING EQUIPMENT

The first thing you need to learn is your equipment and how to use it. Choose the DAW software that you feel comfortable working in when you first try it and stay with that software until you have recorded at least 2 songs so you know you are happy with that software and comfortable with it. Now do whatever you can to resist temptations to change software because you’ll be spending time learning new software and less time producing new music. The same applies to the hardware you are using in your Studio.

Even though hardware is difficult to replace it is often tempting to buy new gear but it could be more productive to become familiar with your existing hardware and how to use than replacing it with new hardware.

Learning your hardware and software and staying with your current equipment until you really outgrow things can assist you to produce music quicker without wasting time learning to use new equipment all the time.

BE ADVENTUROUS AN EXPERIMENT WITH SOUNDS

It’s easy to get comfortable using the same drum kit the same electric piano and the same synthesizer for every song but this becomes boring and when it comes to the creative process you just lose people interest if every song sounds the same. So try different instruments different settings on the effects an experiment to be adventurous and create new sounds every time you start a new project or a new song. Doing this will help you learn to improve as an artist and keep your listeners interested.

KEEP THINGS SIMPLE

There is no reason to have a complicated workflow so try and make things simple and make life easy for yourself. You can use templates to setup tracks and associated plugins. You can fast track your effect plugin usage by using presets which you can then modify to give you the uniqueness required for your current project.

Great Tips to Read More Books

A survey carried out 15 years ago showed that almost half of Americans didn’t read a single book in 12 months. Since then, reading rates have been falling. Sometimes this happens just because we don’t have enough time, but more often it’s just lack of motivation. So, before you turn to our foolproof tips for developing a reading habit, ask yourself a simple question.

Do you really want to read more?

Most of us know we SHOULD read more. Yet, we don’t really WANT to – we don’t truly understand all the benefits. That’s why so many attempts to read more fail. So, what are the benefits of “consuming” more texts?
Keeping your mind sharp. Reading involves mental effort, it forces you to think – this is what television, for instance, can’t do.
Becoming an expert. Having read around 15 books on a subject, you build a better understanding of it than most people. Having read 200-300 books on a topic, you reach the level of an expert.
Changing your life. Self-help genre is the best in this respect, yet even fiction often gives ideas for self-improvement and making your life better. Reading a lot often gives you a chance to think in ways you hadn’t considered earlier.
Being aware of what’s going on in the world. Books may give an insight about trends that will affect our future.
Think of other, more personal reasons. If you are still sure you really want to develop a reading habit, try the following strategies.

Start your morning with reading

Why not start your day with investing in yourself? If reading is the first or one of the first things you do when you wake up, you will be less likely to skip it or just “forget” about it. This routine will help you make reading an automatic activity. You will also read later in the day, when you have time.
However, if you know your mind tends to be slower in the first half of the day, then you might consider reading in the evening, when your concentration is better.

Set a daily goal

For instance, 30 pages or 10% of a book daily. In this way you will be able to read about 3 books a month, or 36 books a year.
For bigger books, 10% is a lot, so you may want to read 5% in the morning and 5% later in the day.

Drop a book you don’t love

Having read 20% of a book you discovered it’s just a waste of time? Don’t be afraid to quit. Otherwise, reading will become a chore rather than a passion.

Keep a list of books you’d like to read

Amazon Wish List can be rather convenient for building such a list. Avoid multiple lists, as you will very likely lose track.

Keep track of the books you’ve read

If you are able to see your achievements, it will help you build up motivation.

Make notes

Use note taking software that gives you a chance to synchronize information on several devices. If you prefer paper books, you may consider making notes on a piece of paper and keeping this piece inside the book.

Try speed reading

This technique is great for many types of books, including self-help books and books connected with one’s job. You will easily find books and software to help you increase your reading speed. But just to begin with, try the following simple steps:
– run a card, a pointer or your index finger beneath the text – in this way you force your eyes and brain to keep pace
– stop “pronouncing” words you read in your head
– read in sprints: set a timer (10 minutes, for instance) and read faster than you actually comprehend.

Have a book with you everywhere

If you find paper books too heavy, opt for an ebook. You may be surprised by how much you are able read during the time in lines etc.

Listen to audio books

It takes more time to listen through a book than to read it, yet audiobooks are great when you can’t actually read (doing chores, walking around).

Make reading more of a social activity

Join a book club. There are a lot of online groups, but you may also find in-person clubs in many towns. Get a library card or find friends who share your interest in reading.

Some Secrets For Keeping Your Guitar Strings Fresh

1. Bulk Guitar Strings and Temperature

Store sets of fresh strings in in a cool place to preserve their quality before you restring. Remember not to leave them on the dashboard of your tour bus as the heat will slightly damage them!

2. Guitar Cleaning Products

Use a variety of chemical solutions and guitar specific products specific to your guitar to ensure the freshest experience for your guitar strings. By using professional grade products, you will be able to service your guitar appropriately.

3. Fretboard Polishing

Polish your fretboard to ensure your strings are always clean when they are restrung. By using the previously mentioned products, you will be able to prevent your strings from becoming dirty due to the dirt and sweat that is stained onto your fretboard.

4. Trim Your Guitar Strings

Trim your strings for maximum tonal definition and enhanced freshness. Some prefer not to do this, yet the length of the string will detract from your tonal quality simply because it relies on a consistent vibration.

5. Perform Wisely

Perform with fresh strings and play harder to enhance your sound, but play softly if you are practicing to extend the life of your strings. Different guitar techniques will affect your strings more than others, see which technique you find ruins your fresh strings the fastest and leave a comment below.

6. Tune Automatically

Tune quickly and efficiently with an electric tuning tool to ensure your strings aren’t accidentally damaged during your restringing process. Using professional tools and products are essential to achieving success with a long-lasting fresh set of guitar strings.

7. Maintain Your Guitar String Action

Maintain your guitar’s string height (also known as the action) so that it isn’t too high or too low, resulting in dead strings.

8. Find The Right Set of Strings

Always match string gauge sizes to the intonation, tuning and playing style to maintain fresh strings.

9. Buy Bulk Guitar Strings

You can buy multiple sets of strings at a time to lower the cost of each restring you perform.

10. Become a Reseller of Fresh Strings

Purchase bulk guitar string ssets of 10 or 25 and resell your strings to make a profit out of your consistently fresh tone.