Creative Writing Cat

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entumecido asked: Hey Claire ! I just want to ask you for some really heartbreaking conflicts between couples. Any tips ? I am writing a love story to give it to my best friend on her birthday. I extremely hope that you can help me xo

Thanks for the question!  I think you might be interested in reading this Dear Sugar column to get a few ideas:

Dear Sugar is an advice column written by Cheryl Strayed, aka, master of breaking readers’ hearts.  Writing about sad things is SO challenging, but she does it so beautifully.  I think what makes her stories so beautiful is that she’s not afraid to explore pain.

Also, check out some of Joy Williams’s short stories.  She explores a lot of conflicts between couples, and she’s a brilliant writer.  One of my favorite stories of hers is “The Skater,” from her collection Escapes.  It’s about a couple who are grieving the loss of their daughter, who died at age five, while also struggling to raise their living daughter, who is now five.  It’s such a gorgeous story, and it captures the dynamic in the family so well.

Good luck!  Thanks for reading!

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New Writing Blog

Dear Creative Writing Cat peeps,

I’ve recently started a personal creative writing blog.  Since you are all creative writing people, I would really appreciate it if you checked it out and told me what you thought!  Likewise, if you have a creative writing blog you’d like to share with me, send the link my way.  I’m kind of obsessed with reading other people’s writing blogs at the moment, and I’d love to read your work.  Maybe we can be writing blog buddies?  That would be sweet.

Thank you so much for your amazing continued support for Creative Writing Cat!  I’ve appreciated every second of it.  As always, if you have submissions, get at me.  

Hope your week is filled with waterfalls, Shakespearean sonnets, and gelato,


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secretphobia asked: You probably get questions like this a lot, and I'm sorry if I've accidentally missed the answer.. but what would/should be in a good personal statement when applying for a creative writing course? (I'm a Norwegian student, as you can probably tell by my English, applying for some schools in England) The woman I spoke to said that the personal statement is very important, and I'm scared it'll ruin my chances. Thanks.

Hey Secretphobia, 

Thanks for asking!  I’ve never gotten this question before.  Also, your English is flawless.

Personal statements are an opportunity for colleges to get to know you, so I think the most important thing is for you to be true to yourself.  It’s really easy to forget that and try, instead, to be who you think the college wants you to be, but legend has it, they can tell when you’re faking it.  (Okay, and even if they can’t, do you really want to go somewhere that accepts you for being someone you aren’t?)  

Because it’s an essay about you, don’t write the whole things about someone else.  Avoid talking about drugs, divorce, or depression.  Instead of bearing your deepest, darkest secrets to a complete stranger, try to focus on your successes as a writer.  Some people write about their literary influences and inspiration, and others write about their involvement in high school literary magazines and writing clubs.  If the school gives you a prompt to use, just be sure to answer all of the questions they ask.

Don’t worry about a personal statement ruining your chances.  Yeah, they’re super important and you should put time into them, but if a school doesn’t accept you on the basis of a personal statement, it’s their loss!

What does everyone else think?  Any advice for Secretphobia?  


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writeatheart asked: Come back Claire! You have no idea how many people read your tumblr. (Well, maybe you do, but that's not the point. :D) We miss your writing humor!

Wow, thanks for the encouragement!  The past few months have been insanely busy for me, but I’m looking forward to spending more time on blogging soon.  In the mean time, I’m still accepting submissions.  Thanks so much for taking the time to write :)

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sydney-storm asked: Haven't come on here in a while, so I reblogged, like, half of the memes :P

Aw thanks Roxi!  Welcome back :D

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buynewsoul-deactivated20140401 asked: Hi Claire! I love this blog, especially the one where the cat says "It is folly". That one is gold lol. Oh yeah, and I also go to UCSC, I'm a fourth year Modern Literature major. Isn't Santa Cruz great? lol

Hey, thanks so much!  I agree, Santa Cruz is AMAZING.