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...
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: 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...
How to Start a Band

How to Start a Band

“How have you not started a band yet?” After twenty years as a musician and three as a creative lifestyle blogger, I’ve heard quite a few good reasons to start a band.  Some of the best: Artists are people who make art; musicians are people who make music. The band...