A couple of great scenes that are all about building tension and ratcheting up the fear. By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer Boo! Did I scare you? In honor of my favorite holiday and my favorite season, a meditation on some of the scariest, most spine-tingling scenes I remember from a couple […]Read more "Monsters, Mayhem and Movies"
Dodging a scary homeless, homicidal drifter. (I posted this on Jezebel as part of their “Let’s Scare the Crap Out Of Everyone” discussion thread and thought I’d share it here…) Okay – this happened to me in broad daylight and is less spooky and more “real world terrifying.” No ghosts or goblins, just one really […]Read more "That One Time…"
Silver bullets, stakes through the heart, and that twist at the end. By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer “If a fear cannot be articulated, it can’t be conquered.” ― Stephen King I know I’m not alone when I declare Halloween to be my favorite holiday. I’m constantly hearing reports that Americans spend […]Read more "Using Fear as Fodder"
Past the cemetery gates and amongst the writers’ graves By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer What would your final words be? What wisdom would you like to leave behind once you escape this mortal coil? What will you mumble or gasp with your last breath? What will they write on your gravestone? […]Read more "Tender Graces and Famous Last Words"
Ditch time management and focus on the 80/20 law of economics. By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer “Are you being productive, or just active?” “Are you inventing tasks in order to in order to avoid important actions? These questions, written out in black ink on fluorescent sticky-notes, are now posted permanently on […]Read more "Cutting Chaff and Adjusting Proportions"
Improve your “Writer’s Stats” and Dream that Impossible Dream (More Notes from the Writer’s Files) By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer I know it’s Friday and all you’ve got on your mind right now is sleeping in tomorrow and maybe dropping by that happy hour or house party. If you’re like […]Read more "Get organized and start “Dreamlining.”"
Anne Rice’s advise to young writers. By Elizabeth Cutright “You have to ignore critics. Critics are a dime a dozen. Writers are unique.” Anne Rice I was not yet 21 when Anne Rice made a book-signing appearance at our local bookstore the Earthling (moment of silence, please, in memory of great urban bookstore lost to […]Read more "Interview With a Vampire-Maker"