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"
Reentering the Imaginative World By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer I had to say “no” the other day. It’s not a word I like to use. It speaks of disappointment and hurt feelings. When I just can’t (or, less often, simply “won’t”) do it, I know I’m letting people down – and […]Read more "Surrender and Start Again"
Rule Breakers and the Grammarians Who Love Them By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer “That’s why I got a Ph.D. in English, precisely so I could avoid the proper use of a comma.” My old boss. Oh, the righteous indignation of the grammarian! Whole books have been written about bad grammar, fueled […]Read more "Life Is Not A Paragraph"
Getting Back Into the Groove By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer My summer idyll is over and I’m back to that daily grind – schedules and alarm clocks and rushed, 60-minute lunch breaks. Life just shrank from an expansive shoreline dappled in warm, afternoon sunlight to an 8’x8’ cubicle cell, with dim […]Read more "“I don’t want to be here, but I am.”"
The truth is, we writers aren’t always going to succeed, we we can’t let failure keep us from the page.Read more "Dealing with Failure and Misplaced Ambition"
The View from Inspiration Point By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer What was it Hemingway said? “There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.” That’s certainly what writing’s felt like for me lately. For […]Read more "Sometimes the only trick is to just keep going…"
Writers workshop travel writing tips and tools of the trade.Read more "Pack Your Bags and Grab Your Passport"