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5 ways to waste less time online

5 ways to waste less time online

Many of the resources you use to create are online, like reference photos or tutorials. But they’re next to a lot of things that distract you, like news feeds or notifications. This can be difficult, because all the time spent on an upvote, stream, or swipe is time...

How to Write Songs in 5 Steps or Less

How to Write Songs in 5 Steps or Less

Last year I took the February Album Writing Month (FAWM) challenge to write songs with a couple of friends. Within a few desparate weeks, we had recorded our first EP as 5% Savvy. We made a lot of good memories - evenings packing a wobbly electric drum set into a...

NaNoWriMo: A Habit of Writing and What’s Next

NaNoWriMo: A Habit of Writing and What’s Next

Editor’s Note: Seth texted me at 1:33 p.m. Mountain Time on November 30 with the good news: “I just hit 50k” This has been an experience I never thought myself capable of, and yet here I am, having written fifty-thousand words in thirty days. In that sense, I’ve...

NaNoWriMo: Kill Your Darlings

NaNoWriMo: Kill Your Darlings

If you’ve been a writer for any length of time, you’ve probably heard the adage “kill your darlings.” It means you should never get so attached to things in your story that you aren’t willing to cut them out. But how much of a difference does that really make? Here we...

NaNoWriMo: Show, Don’t Tell

NaNoWriMo: Show, Don’t Tell

“Show, don’t tell” are possibly the most troublesome three words writers have to deal with.  And yet, if done well, those three words will make our NaNoWriMo stories resonate with our readers like nothing else can. We’re halfway through NaNoWriMo with Seth and...

NaNoWriMo: Write What You Know

NaNoWriMo: Write What You Know

We writers are often told to “write what we know,” which usually means that we should write based on personal experiences. But how does that work when you’re writing a medieval fantasy story? Or a historical fiction piece set in 1885? Welcome to Week Two of National...

NaNoWriMo: Introducing Seth

NaNoWriMo: Introducing Seth

My name is Seth, and I’ve been trying to write the same novel for five years. This month, I’m going to finish it. Welcome to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) at Scintilla Studio!  My name is Seth, guest writer for Scintilla and your guide throughout the month...

6 Ways Tabletop RPGs Make You a Better Writer

6 Ways Tabletop RPGs Make You a Better Writer

“I don’t think I could ever play Dungeons & Dragons,” I said.  “That seems like crossing a line, maybe going a little too far for me.”  My party’s Paladin is fond of reminding me I said that. About two years ago I crossed the last nerd threshhold and played my...

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