thenovelfactory
Hello lovelies,

I've been busy making tutorial videos for the Novel Factory, as they have been requested a few times.

I've done my best, but I must say, making videos is not my forte.

I would be very grateful if any of you have time to take a look and give me any feedback.

It would be good to know if you think they're useful, how you think they could be improved, which style works best, and also what topics you'd like to see covered next.

I started off doing them like this:


But I'm not a professional voiceover person and it shows...

So I switched to this style:


Which I feel are a lot more uplifting. What do you think?

You should be able to see a full list here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYeSAn0mg26p2cF3I9RvXUQ

Any feedback would be very helpful!

http://www.novel-software.com
“It's extremely useful in organizing and making me think about what I write. The advice was invaluable, and the step-by-step instructions guided me extremely well through the writing process, allowing me to develop characters and plot a lot further than expected.” - See more at: http://www.novel-software.com/writingsoftwaretestimonials.aspx#sthash.0smYiFBM.dpuf
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Ghostly
Well, I think you are underrating yourself by a considerable quantum. 

All you need to do is
1. Trust your voice - it is beautiful.
2. Watch the dying falls at the end of some sentences - use an image of the process you are describing at that moment and speak it, as you would to your best friend at a pub or a cafe over a sammo at lunch. 
3. Make real 2 second pauses between each topic and each topic subsection. 
4. Forget the need you feel to be 'matter-of-fact' in tone. Your voice, now and then, animates and I fall under its spell - a lovely, clear, articulate mind is behind that voice - just believe that.

That's it.

Seriously - that's all you need do.

Oh, by the way, the second version is just AWFUL! How can anyone possibly keep up with that?

The first version travels at about the right speed - and maybe, even a tiny bit too fast. Trust the first 'voiced' version. 
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thenovelfactory
Wow - thank you - your kind words really mean a lot.

I didn't write what I felt which was - I hate the sound of my own voice. So, thank you.

Possibly some of the flatness comes from me recording the audio and video separately in order to keep it as error free as possible - I don't want to be publishing a lot of videos filled with 'ummmmm's and 'eeeerrrrr's.

If I could find a really great video editing program that didn't require a huge frustrating learning curve, but did make it easy to quickly cut and paste bits, that would probably help.

Thanks for your feedback on the second style of video *sigh*. They're so much easier to make and I don't have to hear my own voice, but if they're no good then it's back to option one...

http://www.novel-software.com
“It's extremely useful in organizing and making me think about what I write. The advice was invaluable, and the step-by-step instructions guided me extremely well through the writing process, allowing me to develop characters and plot a lot further than expected.” - See more at: http://www.novel-software.com/writingsoftwaretestimonials.aspx#sthash.0smYiFBM.dpuf
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Ghostly
Try 'The Hudson Voice technique' created by Steve Hudson - on Udemy. Look for 'coupons' they take the sting out of Udemy courses.
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thenovelfactory
I just found the course on Udemy and it was reduced to £19 from £95 or so, which I thought was very reasonable - so I've bought it! That's the hard bit done, now all I have to do is complete it.

You can let me know if my improved voice talents are noticeable in future tutorials...

Now all I need is a recommendation for simple video editing software (not that I ask for much) : )
http://www.novel-software.com
“It's extremely useful in organizing and making me think about what I write. The advice was invaluable, and the step-by-step instructions guided me extremely well through the writing process, allowing me to develop characters and plot a lot further than expected.” - See more at: http://www.novel-software.com/writingsoftwaretestimonials.aspx#sthash.0smYiFBM.dpuf
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Ghostly
I use a Mac so my choices would not be helpful - having said that, try copying the phrase - simple video editing software - into Google. It returns over three million hits. A few of them have to be video editing apps you might feel comfortable with. Worth a look.

PS: It is important to do the Hudson exercises - just reading about them has very little effect. Remember to download his exercise sheets and work from those. 
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Ghostly
Having said that, I was struck by how clear and unadorned this uTube video was handled. It is a 'how-to' on the new version of Scrivener and also describes how to sync the desktop version with an iPad using DropBox. 

I expect the author might be happy to share his video making ideas with you. He is English and has a generous spirit.

It's strength is its simplicity and clarity - it gets out of the way of the message and the learning experience is as good as you could hope for without a whole bunch of American hyperbole and shouting and 'monetising' - which seems to be part of breathing in American products and tutorials.



Hope this helps.
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KellBrigan
I like both approaches, actually. The first is better at showing the flexibility of the program, and also the look & feel. The second is more "right brain," and reassuring. Also, the first would be better for people using screen readers to use the program. I say hit it from all sides!
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thenovelfactory
Ghostly wrote:
I use a Mac so my choices would not be helpful - having said that, try copying the phrase - simple video editing software - into Google. It returns over three million hits. A few of them have to be video editing apps you might feel comfortable with. Worth a look.
 


Yes, I've actually been trying out video editing software for months. I must have downloaded and trialed about a dozen, but none of them really met my needs (careful - this is how the Novel Factory got started).
http://www.novel-software.com
“It's extremely useful in organizing and making me think about what I write. The advice was invaluable, and the step-by-step instructions guided me extremely well through the writing process, allowing me to develop characters and plot a lot further than expected.” - See more at: http://www.novel-software.com/writingsoftwaretestimonials.aspx#sthash.0smYiFBM.dpuf
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thenovelfactory
Ghostly wrote:
Having said that, I was struck by how clear and unadorned this uTube video was handled. It is a 'how-to' on the new version of Scrivener and also describes how to sync the desktop version with an iPad using DropBox. 

I expect the author might be happy to share his video making ideas with you. He is English and has a generous spirit.

It's strength is its simplicity and clarity - it gets out of the way of the message and the learning experience is as good as you could hope for without a whole bunch of American hyperbole and shouting and 'monetising' - which seems to be part of breathing in American products and tutorials.

Hope this helps.


Yes, I see what you mean - it seems very clean. And although he doesn't seem to be following a script, his speech is very clear and he doesn't drift off the point or make a lot of asides, as I've seen a lot of spontaneous video makers do.

I will check him out and maybe get in touch...

Thanks for the tip!
http://www.novel-software.com
“It's extremely useful in organizing and making me think about what I write. The advice was invaluable, and the step-by-step instructions guided me extremely well through the writing process, allowing me to develop characters and plot a lot further than expected.” - See more at: http://www.novel-software.com/writingsoftwaretestimonials.aspx#sthash.0smYiFBM.dpuf
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thenovelfactory
KellBrigan wrote:
I like both approaches, actually. The first is better at showing the flexibility of the program, and also the look & feel. The second is more "right brain," and reassuring. Also, the first would be better for people using screen readers to use the program. I say hit it from all sides!


Okay - good to hear!

Perhaps I'll keep doing both then, but possibly not name the more zingy ones 'tutorials'. Maybe they should be listed more as promos or demos.

Any thoughts?
http://www.novel-software.com
“It's extremely useful in organizing and making me think about what I write. The advice was invaluable, and the step-by-step instructions guided me extremely well through the writing process, allowing me to develop characters and plot a lot further than expected.” - See more at: http://www.novel-software.com/writingsoftwaretestimonials.aspx#sthash.0smYiFBM.dpuf
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Ghostly
Felicia Ricci does some excellent - and quick - exercises. They are well worth doing before you sing in the shower or in public or speak into a microphone.

http://feliciaricci.com/sing-without-tension-3-easy-warmups/?inf_contact_key=d3734e74c998a0d54f4181cf58338e6a05a2e49e4be06919f4dd88ffcda7aead

and

http://feliciaricci.com/singing-into-a-microphone-how-to-record-vocals-for-best-results/

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FredFoo
Hi Kat, thanks for the videos.

Most people don't like the sound of their own (recorded) voice, probably because it sounds like a complete stranger!

We hear our own voices differently than others do, because we hear it not only with our own ears, but also resonating through our heads (sinuses, skull bones, etc.), which provides a different timbre. So unless we listen to a recording, we don't have a true idea of what we actually sound like to others. And if you listen to your own voice recordings enough (without judgement), they eventually start to sound not quite so strange.

Your voice is truthfully VERY nice. Soothing, even. Trust me, you could be on radio, or read for audiobooks, and do just fine.  So don't worry; do voice in your videos anytime you feel like it!

I look forward to any future videos (voiced or not, but voice is a plus).

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