Tick-tock. Boom! Whir. Thump… By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer One of my favorite parts of the Bravo series Inside the Actors Studio is the series of questions James Lipton asks his guests. Based on the concept originated by French television personality Bernard Pivot (on his show Apostrophes) – as Lipton always […]Read more "A Slave to Sound"
The Truth About Artist Dates By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer I wasn’t off to a glorious start. After discovering that my socks had lost all their elastic and were determined to ride down past my heels and clump up under the arch of my foot, I chose to keep on hiking […]Read more "“There is no such thing as fantasy unrelated to reality” ― Maurice Sendak"
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, […]Read more "“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop” (Alice in Wonderland)"
Memoria (Excerpted from Come As You Are, a novel in progress) By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer Hannah’s cousins were a disappointment. Cliquish and silly, they pretty much ignored her – interloper that she was – once they’d exhausted all points of inquiry about life in California. Did she surf, they asked […]Read more "A tune in a different key…"
Robots and Dinosaurs (From Come As You Are, a novel in progress) By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer Hannah softly finished off the last verse of Old MacDonald had a Farm as her baby brother’s eyes fluttered closed. Fussy all day – probably due to all the cooing and cuddling as he […]Read more "Life as a starting point."
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 […]Read more "“X” Marks the Spot"
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 […]Read more "Inspiration is in the details…"
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 […]Read more "Exploring “Writeful”"
What’s for lunch? Yesterday I talked about the tool of specificity. By looking closely at – and writing about – the details, we can often jumpstart the writing process and end up in a completely different place than where we started. The benefit of specificity is that takes out some of the mystery of the […]Read more "Writing Tool: School Lunches"
A new goal for this week: look closer, dig deeper, find the details. When you’re not working on a big project (like a novel or a collection of poems), it can be difficult to get to the page and write something imaginative. But sometimes even the most prosaic of situations or items can contain […]Read more "Take a closer look"