Setting a scene

The Dining Car By Elizabeth Cutright The train is filled with a crazy mix of tourists, business people, government employees and French and English passengers. The first class dining car is decorated in the style of the orient express with red velvet upholstery and walnut tables and trim. At one table sit Melissa and Albert, […]

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Fight your fear of poetry.

Pebble In My Shoe By Elizabeth Cutright Well, I guess you’ve now become, a little pebble in my shoe. So you’d think that every step I take, would bring me images of you. I admit, sometimes you surround me. When it’s quiet, I might hear your voice. But the pinch and the ache grow familiar, […]

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Songs As Inspiration

Dancing in a Deep Assumption By Elizabeth Cutright The chill of a fall breeze – the kind that twists and turns through the dusk, dragging in its wake dead leaves of all colors and shapes –  curls its fingers around Rebecca’s wrist.  Snaking up her the arm of her jacket, it beats on her breast […]

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Poetry as Inspiration

Writing Exercise – read a poem, then just free associate on its themes and imagery. Original Poem: What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why (Sonnet XLIII) by Edna St. Vincent Millay What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why, I have forgotten, and what arms have lain Under my head till […]

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Eavesdropping and Dialogue

Breakfast at Kerouac’s By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer “Yeah, yeah, yeah” the guy with the faded orange t-shirt nodded enthusiastically as his tablemate pulled out a shiny new paperback and set it on the table between them, barely missing the rings of cold coffee and spilled sugar.  “Oh yeah!  I mean […]

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A Murder Mystery

In The Shadow of the Clocktower By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer A shining beacon and popular tourist attraction during the day, the Santa Barbara Courthouse can seem melancholy, almost ominous at dusk.  As lawyers, clerks, defendants and investigators pack up their work day and head on home, shadows soak out across […]

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