Welcome to Liv Ellis — Undeniably Liv. This site is dedicated to writing and my life. Inside, you’ll find three blogs wrapped up into one Undeniably Liv wrapper. Come on in and browse for a while. I hope you enjoy.
Upon conception, I had planned to have a section including tips on writing, but I have found that endeavor to be incredibly difficult to keep up with — not to mention, extremely intimidating. I have decided to replace that blog with “Promptly,” a place where you can find writing prompts. This will be mostly comprised of thoughts that have come to my mind and have sparked ideas. One tip that I will give you is that, if you want to be a writer, you should write, and write often. Artists do sketches. Musicians do scales and arpeggios. Writers need to practice too. I find the most helpful mode of practice for me is using writing prompts. Not only should you write often, but you should write promptly — at a specified time, if possible, and without delay, no procrastination. I hope that you will leave some of your ideas that have come from these prompts in comments. I would love to read them.
In my own writing, I’m drawn to the darker, more macabre aspects of life. This probably comes from the everyday job of coping with mental illness. I live with bipolar disorder and, therefore, a good deal of depression. This fuels many of my ideas. I find that writing about my fears allows me to release them from my thoughts for a while. It enables me to refocus that negative energy. My mind isn’t constantly inhabited by darkness though. I also have a love of fantasy. My blog “Dark Wood Scrolls” is comprised samples of my creative writing. These works are normally not very polished, as I find that, if I think too long about it, I won’t publish it. That comes from those negative thoughts seeping through. I do still work on these pieces, and hope to, one day, publish the final drafts of them.
My third blog, “Itsy Bitsy Inklings,” is dedicated to my life. It might seem horribly egotistical of me to think that anyone would care about my day to day life, but my hope is that it might help others to understand mental illness a little better. Perhaps, reading about my dealings with bipolar disorder will help others to see that people like me are just trying to deal with their demons, all while attempting to live a “normal” life.
Please feel free to comment on any of my posts. I look forward to your feedback. Thanks for visiting!