Devon Ellington is a full-time writer, publishing under a half a dozen names in fiction and non-fiction. She writes the urban fantasy Jain Lazarus Adventures (released by Solstice Publishing), the Nina Bell Mysteries, and has appeared in several anthologies including DEATH SPARKLES, PERFECTLY PLUM, ARDEUR, GHOST STORIES OF THE MOGOLLON RIM, and FULL CIRCLE. Her plays are produced in NY, London, Edinburgh, and Australia. She teaches workshops online and in-person all over the world.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are terrific. They are what allows me to earn a living doing what I love. They won't always agree with me; not every piece will work for every reader; but I'm always interested in what they have to say. I look at a great deal of my writing as something to open or enlarge conversation. We've lost so much of the Art of Conversation over the years -- it's important to practice whenever possible!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is how I figure out the world, and I figure out my response to the world. Sometimes that's by embodying the perspective of a character with similar beliefs; sometimes it's by exploring perspectives very different to my own. I'm curious about just about everything, and putting it into words expands my understanding on all levels. If I can help widen the reader's perspective, so much the better. In non-fiction, such as the Topic Workbooks - - hey, I've been around a long time! If I can save someone else time and despair because they can learn from my mistakes, I'm all for it! ;)
Unfinished projects drain creative energy. Learn, step-by-step, how to organize unfinished projects and decide which to revive, which to put into temporary stasis, and which to lay to rest for good. The exercises in this workbook can be used and re-used for years to come!
Kick-start your creativity with short stories, found inspirations, sensory detail, and rituals. Includes updated versions of 5 in 10, Sensory Perceptions, Writing Rituals, the Infamous Tip Sheets, and more.