The Scintilla Method

It’s not rocket science – it’s ecology

Build Your Habitat

Create a habitat for your goals within your physical space and your weekly routine. Given them the food, water, and shelter they need to thrive.

NaNoWriMo: The Value of Writing Buddies

Writing can be a lonely pursuit.  A lot of people envision someone sitting in front of a computer or scribbling on a notepad, all alone.  For many writers, this couldn't be further from the truth!  A lot of successful writers collaborate or have writing buddies who...

What to Read: Austin Kleon, “Show Your Work!”

Creativity isn't just about the finished product. There's a terrible, tyrannical idea that in order to be a creative person you have to be a mad genius slaving away in a dark room until you emerge, paint-stained and masterpiece in hand. That idea has a lot of creative...

Flash Fiction with Friends: Ted from Accounting

It's another Flash Fiction with Friends, and we need your help to decide the winner! It's an epic confrontation among writers, a test of skill, fortitude, and shamelessness such as can only happen among good friends and complete goofballs.  Who won?  You decide! Edit:...

Keep out poachers

Some things have a right to your time, space, and attention. Other things are trespassing, and they will hunt your creativity to extinction if you let them.  Know the difference and enforce it.

Push the snowball

Live and work within your habitat by setting incremental goals and building on your successes.

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...

Win in more than one way

Make the most of your limited resources, even outside the creative habitat. Apply multiple goals to your everyday and creative projects.

How to Make a Printable Christmas Card from Scratch

How to Make a Printable Christmas Card from Scratch

  How to Make a Printable Christmas Card from Scratch Hand-made Christmas cards are one of the best ways to show you care for those on your Christmas mailing list.  But getting enough unique cards for everyone on that list can be difficult. Replicating a design...

Life After NaNoWriMo: A Means to an End

Life After NaNoWriMo: A Means to an End

You've just finished the colossal task of writing a novel in a month!  Congratulations!  After devoting so much of your time, energy, and determination to this adventure, you have a right to feel euphoric.  And maybe a little let down that it's all over. The word...

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You’ll get access to our library of resources for independent creators, as well as tips, resources and object lessons for your own creative habitats.

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