Tag Archives: Silverpen Productions

How to Kick the ‘Info Dumping’ Habit

  Every fiction writer knows the struggle!  You’ve got so much great information thought up about your characters, the setting, and the backstory. In this excitement, when you are deep in the writing zone, it’s easy to “info dump,” or drop in too much information in one spot. The strategies and tips below offer several…
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How to Meet & Beat Your Deadlines

You may have heard the claim that if you give more work to the busiest person, they’ll get it done the fastest. Though we can’t generalize for every person, this is more or less true. I think about my schedule in college—how I juggled socializing, hundreds of pages of reading, writing my capstone, studying for…
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How to Support Local Businesses While Socially Distanced

The days of entering your favorite local business without worry to have a chat and a waltz around seem distant. For those business that have kept their heads above water during the coronavirus pandemic, their operations are likely different than they were back in 2019. Even as some regulations have eased, the surge of the…
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How To Stay Happy When The Days Get Dark

    BRING IN THE LIGHT   When the days become shorter and darker, you know it’s winter in upstate New York again. Waking up and going to sleep in darkness can begin to feel draining after the gloriously warm and bright summer and fall seasons. It can be difficult to keep spirits high when…
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Connecting Despite Restrictions

  Though many of our friends and family have been vaccinated, we aren’t out of the testy COVID waters just yet. There are still restrictions that can make life frustrating and difficult—you’re not alone in feeling this way. We must think outside the box to stay connected until this is over.   Here are some…
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How to Prioritize Wellness During Stress

Prioritizing your own well-being is hard. It was already hard, but with COVID on our hands, it feels as though prioritizing wellness has become even more difficult. Adapting to remote learning and working, maintaining healthy relationships with friends and family who may be far away, and focusing on our own health add to the everyday…
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Shop Local: Farmer’s Hardware

Farmer’s Hardware is tucked away from the main stage of Broadway Street, giving it a quieter atmosphere with easy access to the street we know and love. It also represents a slice of Saratoga history, as the breakfast spot has the same name as the hardware store that occupied it in 1901. In 1925, the…
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Wait, We Don’t Talk Like That: Writing Better Dialogue

Do you have stiff dialogue that sounds awkward no matter how much tweaking you do? Not to worry. It’s hard to stuff all the nuance of human dialogue onto a page. Real people jump topics abruptly, go on long tangents for excruciating amounts of time, and generally follow no rules of punctuation. Dialogue is difficult…
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Shop Local: Northshire Bookstore

Welcome to our new feature, Shop Local! Each post will highlight one Capital Region business so you can discover all of the "hidden gems" in our area. Be sure to support our wonderful local businesses as you start your holiday shopping and all year 'round too! Stay tuned for more...         This…
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