“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop” (Alice in Wonderland)

Starting Your Novel – Part 1 (A Special Multi-part report from a Writers Workshop) By Elizabeth Cutright  © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer So you want to write a book?  Perhaps you’ve already started – and restarted  – plenty of times already.  Either way, there’s always more to learn when it comes to writing long-form, […]

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Working for the weekend…

 Selling your content, and yourself, to editors and the online audience (Notes from a Writers Workshop, Part 5) By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer (Previous entries in this series here, here here and here) As I’ve said many times, I’m not a big believer in writing to fulfill some dream of fame and fortune.  To […]

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“X” Marks the Spot

Where are you? By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer Whenever my friends and I lose each other in a crowd or a super store, on of us will yell out “Marco” and wait for the answering “Polo!”  It’s goofy, but it never fail to make me smile.  It’s also reassuring – we’re […]

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You’re A Writer

You’re Not An Impostor I was at a party a few weeks back, and a friend of mine said something so witty, so original that I replied, “watch out, I’m going to steal that for my next story!” Everyone laughed, joking that their words were no longer safe in my company. “You bet,” I replied. […]

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Inspiration is in the details…

Dominating Details Earlier this week, I practiced the art of specificity and came up with some interesting pieces of description.  Thanks to Julia Cameron, I was able to take everyday objects and meld them into something a little grander, a little more sublime. By applying specificity to Gary Hoffman’s “railroad ramble,” I captured a snapshot […]

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Exploring “Writeful”

 Full-Brain Style and the Railroad Ramble Taking a break for a moment from those twin mentors Cameron and Lamott, I spent the morning with Gary Hoffman’s Writeful.  Hoffman’s book is a bit of a departure from the Right to Write and Bird by Bird in that he’s concerned less with convincing the reader to write […]

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