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"
How “new media” is expanding opportunity. By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer Last week, I attended an event put on by Folio entitled “Amplifying Your Brand.” The purpose of the event was to introduce magazines editors to the challenges and opportunities provided by the changing media landscape – including CMS, cloud computing, social […]Read more "New Seats and Bigger Challenges"
A Story with 140 Characters By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer Earlier this month, The Guardian asked a few well-known writers to draft a narrative in Twitter time – 140 characters for less. The results ranged from interesting to banal (and to, perhaps, cribbed – commentators were quick to point out that Jeffrey […]Read more "Cut to the Quick…"
What to do when you can’t always get what you want and you don’t know what you need. By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer I have a little story. A few years back, my friend and I took her two young sons on a outing to the San Diego Wild Animal Park. […]Read more "Safari Suit Moments"