Let your character tell the story.

Contrasts and Comparisons By Elizabeth Cutright (Excerpted from East Junction, a novel in progress) It was the sort of exhaustion that takes over your entire body – wrapping you up in a gossamer web of steely threads.  Gillian felt paralyzed, and she knew it had more to do with emotional exertions than anything overtly physical.  […]

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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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Narrative Dialogue

It (Doesn’t) Go Without Saying By Elizabeth Cutright (Excerpted from East Junction, a novel in progress) Richard Pale squinted out from under his Bruins baseball hat at the solitary figure of his only son, Danny Pale, intermittently pitching golf balls into the wasteland of the desert. Wasteful and rebellious as always, this strange son who belonged […]

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Gender Swap

The Shallows and the Deep By Elizabeth Cutright (Excerpted from East Junction, a novel in progress) His heart still pounded when he remembered the call. He’d recognized her voice right away. When someone haunts your dreams, it is easy to remember what they sound like. Especially when the echo of their farewell still reverberates in […]

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Expository Prose

Murder in the Desert By Elizabeth Cutright (Excerpted from “East Junction” – a novel in progress) Sheriff?” Bernice Pale’s voice crackled over the car radio, the static initially masking the tone of her voice.  At first, Sheriff Lance Waddell thought she was just a little early for the hourly radio check in. Sixty years old […]

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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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