a blog by Ellen Davies

My four creative projects

I am so excited about my creative projects! While I was in Italy, Bree Melanson helped me remove some blocks, and now my ideas are popping all over the place.

Here are the highlights:

1. This blog! Yes, this very blog that you are reading right now. It will be changing! I am currently taking a class on Blogging 101 through Writer’s Digest online university. Expect to see an expanded blog, with regularly updated posts, ideas for meditation and yoga, places where you can post your own writing, and much more!

2. One thing I really want to do is start holding yoga and writing workshops. Or retreats. I am really excited about linking yoga and meditation with writing. The writing would be non-fiction, or memoirs, similar to what I did back in March at Kripalu, with Nancy Slonam Aronie. I even emailed Nancy and asked her if it would be okay, and she gave me an enthusiastic yes! What I learned at Kripalu was how important it is for us to tell our stories. I want to create a safe environment for people to do just that. So right now I’m trying to find a place to hold the first workshop. Eventually I’d like to do a three-day retreat, or maybe even a five-day retreat.

3. My novel. Yes, I am still working on it! Often during the past year I have had moments of crisis, where I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. It may sound easy—just sit down and write! But a novel is a big thing, metaphorically and literally. Chapters, characters, conflicts—how do I keep it all straight? I make lists and charts and outlines, but I still can’t shake the feeling that I’ve created a mess and don’t know how to clean it up.

Then I got a solution unexpectedly. My intuition urged me to reach out to one of my mentors, Alanna Kaivalya. She suggested I read “Story Engineering” by Larry Brooks. It has been a big help so far. I am pausing in the midst of my revisions to read this book, because it will help move forward.

4. My short story. Way back in 2004 I wrote a short story, but I never did anything with it. I had forgotten about it until a conversation with Kristin in Italy jolted it back into my mind. Once I got home, I dug it out, and it still has so much life. It needs some revisions, and then I plan to submit it. I’m not sure where yet, but I have the entire Writer’s Digest website to help me with that. 

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