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NaNoWriMo 2018: Show, Don't Tell

NaNoWriMo 2018: 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 Scintilla Studio! Last week we helped expand your definition of “Write What…

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NaNoWriMo 2018: Write What You Know

NaNoWriMo 2018: 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 Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) at Scintilla Studio! I’m…

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NaNoWriMo 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018: 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 of November as we write. Yes, ‘we.’ I’ll…

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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 first game of Dungeons &…

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I was a Voice Actor for a Day: Here’s What I Learned

“The Blueberry is pretty sensitive,” the audio engineer told me, adjusting the height of the little black microphone. “Keep it at about your chin so we can avoid harsh plosives.” Bare bulbs and wood paneling surrounded me, and my own voice was crisp through my headphones. My friends over at Stalwart Theater had asked me…

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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 counts are in, the project is over.  It’s time…

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Wrapping Up NaNoWriMo

*Disclaimer: This post contains referral links, denoted by an asterisk. With a week to go in NaNoWriMo, it’s crunch time.  If you aren’t where you expected or want to be in your novel journey, you’ll need to start wrapping up NaNoWriMo.  It may take some gearing up to finish your 50,000 by the 30th!  NaNoWriMo…

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How to (NOT) Fail at NaNoWriMo in 4 Days

That’s right, I failed at NaNoWriMo.  In four days.  World record?  Probably not, but still pathetic. How did I do it?  Simple!  I just let myself get blocked. You don’t have to follow my example, though.  Here are four ways to NOT fail at NaNoWriMo! How to (NOT) Fail at NaNoWriMo in 4 Days You start…

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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 give them feedback.  Even J.R.R. Tolkien had The Inklings.…

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