Screenplays & Opening Scenes

Opening Scene to Whistling in the Graveyard By Elizabeth Cutright FADE IN: Interior: BEDROOM-6:00am The red numbers of a digital alarm clock read 5:59 am. As they click over to 6:00 am, the radio turns on and Tom Petty’s “American Girl” blares out, tinny and scratchy over the radio’s tiny speaker. A tanned, androgynous hand […]

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What Gets You Writing?

Today I was working again with Julia Cameron‘s The Right to Write, and the exercise was all about “freestyling” on the topics and genres that would be fun to write about if you were just writing for the enjoyment of the process and not the end goal.  Of course writing should be a joy – those […]

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When I grow up…

I’d like to be a poet… By Elizabeth Cutright I want to be a beatnik Finger snaps and a black beret. Have words fall down around me, Ask Kerouac out to play. I want to be a rebel Full of passions and a cause. Words like knives through bullshit. Ask Amira to give me a […]

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“Writing rights things.”

“Writing ‘rights’ things.” Julia Cameron, The Right to Write When I started this blog, I intended to pull out all the tools that I’d previously used with great success as a way to “prime the pump” and get my long -dreamed creative projects off the ground.  I started off 2012 knowing that I wanted to write […]

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Travel Memories

Bulldogs And My Grandmother’s Ghost By Elizabeth Cutright To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world.  You are surrounded by adventure.  You have no idea what is in store for you, but you will, if you are wise and know the art of travel, let […]

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The Quote as a Trigger

Felicidad’s Flight By Elizabeth Cutright (Excerpted from East Junction, a novel in progress) The chill snuck in through the sleeves of the hand-me-down raincoat that had been the sum total birthday gift to commemorate lucky 13. Faded red, with big yellow daisies, it was hip in the sixties, but woefully out of fashion by the […]

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Character Introductions

The Fuse is Lit By Elizabeth Cutright (Excerpted from East Junction, a novel in progress) He never could get used to the relative quiet of the newsroom.  Although he’d never actually worked at any of the “big time” newspapers, his first memories as a journalist always included the roar of the presses, not the hum of […]

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