Distraction and the Art of Dodging the Page By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer Did you know that a cat placed third in the Virginia senate race? Or that Charles Darwin garnered 4,000 votes in a Georgia contest? Did you hear the story about the woman who saved a random text from […]Read more "Avoidance and Penalty"
What shocks and destabilizes you in real life can help you write great fiction.Read more "Buckets of Cold Water and One Dead Dragon"
How to keep going in the face of an insurmountable word count… By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer Oh NaNoWriMo….how I love and hate you so! As you all know, I’ve signed on to NaNoWriMo and, as such, am supposed to finish a 50,000 word novel by November 30th. I knew I […]Read more "Begin With The End, And Don’t Forget to Smile"
Sometimes good things happen to writers – Don’t feel paralyzed by good fortune – help is easier to provide than it seems.Read more "Small Actions, Significant Consequences"
Lessons learned and the art of the grade school diorama. By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer Did you ever make a diorama as part of a school project? How lovely to distill an entire event or story into something the size of a shoebox. You’d carefully paint that agnostic background – trees, […]Read more "The Stories We Tell Ourselves"
NaNoWrMo is bigger than 50,000 words. By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer Why did I decide to attempt the NaNoWrMo project? That’s a good question. While I’ve always harbored fantasies of being a published novelist, the truth is that it’s been a while since a long-form narrative has sounded appealing. My life […]Read more "Why Try?"
It’s November 1st, have you started your novel yet? This month dawns on a weather beaten nation high on mini candy bars and waiting (somewhat) anxiously for Election Day. November 1st also happens to be the start day for NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo (let’s call it NNWM from now on, shall we? Those […]Read more "Foolish Follies and Finished Novels"