Cultivating a knack for solitude. By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer “I want to be left alone,” Greta Garbo famously said, and from that one innocuous sentence sprang up a pop culture mythology she could never overcome. Ever after she was the solitary muse, the mysterious introvert, the one person who needed […]Read more "Alone, but not lonely…"
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"
What you leave out is just as important as what you leave in. By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer I love detail. I bet you already knew that just by skimming a couple of my previous blog posts. I revel in description, and whenever I tell a story – written or verbal […]Read more "Between A and B"
Permanence, Ambivalence and Doing the Footwork By Elizabeth Cutright © 2012 The Daily Creative Writer How’s that great idea going? You know…that novel that’s going to change the world. That award-winning screenplay… That poem for your friend’s wedding… Have you gotten beyond the concept and delved into the work of actually writing? If not – […]Read more "A Writer In Motion"
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"
Filling the Nooks and Crannies So how do you write? It seems like a simple question, but I bet my answer would be different from yours. In fact, I bet my answer this afternoon would be slightly different from what I’d say tomorrow, or what I would’ve described yesterday. One thing I know for sure […]Read more "Overcoming Your Slacker Tendencies"
“Even the smallest amount of self-nurturance will have an immediate and beneficial impact on our writing,” advises Julia Cameron in The Right to Write.Read more "Date nights and the creative pause."
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"