Writing on a Desperado Monday By Elizabeth Cutright We’ve all had those days…times when just about everything and everyone annoys us. Perhaps we find ourselves getting unaccountably or irrationally angry over little things – a Facebook posting, coworkers gossiping loudly about the weekend, a cold and cloudy atmosphere where, in the words of the Eagles, […]Read more "Ruffled Feathers"
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"
(Sorry for the quick and dirty post. I’ve been felled by that master villan The Stomach Flu, and prolonged sessions at the keyboard are just not in my immediate future. I hope to be on the mend soon, in the meantime, I’ll be trying to keep up with short updates here when I can.) […]Read more
Writing Prompts and Tiny Exercises By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer Oh Monday, you cruel mistress. Is there anyone out there who’s every really happy to see you? We know you’re arrival is preordained, and we can’t dodge you no matter how hard we try. Even a spontaneous “sick day” is inadequate […]Read more "Trying to get past Monday and on to the page."
Kubla Khans and Xanadus By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer I’ve picked up five or six books in the last half hour – all of them instruction manuals of one sort of another designed to motivate, nurture and encourage the aspiring writer. And not a one had anything worth saying. Well…what I […]Read more "Musing about inspiration and creative nudges."
By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer Back in the day, when I was an aspiring screenwriter with stars in my eyes and a an almost completed Bachelor’s degree from college on the coast, I took a 2 unit “pass/no pass” class called, succinctly enough, “The Film Industry.” One day a week, for […]Read more "High Concepts and Zombie Projects"
Memory Triggers By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer The scent of fallen pine needles cooking under a summer sun. Stretching my hands up over my head on a lazy Sunday morning. The guitar riff in Chris Isaak’s “Graduation Day.” These are some of my memory triggers – benign and, perhaps, banal little […]Read more "Stealing Time and Mining Material"