How do you overcome scattered wits and compromised emotions? By Elizabeth Cutright This week I’ve been distracted. Not only are all the usual issues of daily life tugging at my feet, but unanticipated events are also throwing me for a loop. Unexpected lunch dates…Mis-calendared meetings (“you mean they’re waiting for me in the conference room […]Read more "WWD: Writing While Distracted"
You don’t choose to be a writer, you’re anointed at birth, it is a beautiful and terrible benediction.Read more "Yes, I Have No Widgets"
How tales of writer’s block can help get you to the page. By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer There I was…staring at a blank screen and a blinking cursor like some cliché from a paperback potboiler. Ahead of me, I could see the many signposts I had yet to cross: my morning […]Read more "Reading to Writing: Unlock the Block"
“Live a better life….tell better stories.” By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer So there ya go then… I should know what to expect whenever I delve into the comments section of Gawker (or any comments section for that matter), but I was still a little taken aback at all the snark directed […]Read more "How the Efforts of a Few Can Annoy the Many"
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"
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"