The 3 A.m. Epiphany

The 3 A.m. Epiphany

Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform your Fiction

Book - 2005
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Discover Just How Good Your Writing Can Be

If you write, you know what it's like. Insight and creativity - the desire to push the boundaries of your writing - strike when you least expect it. And you're often in no position to act: in the shower, driving the kids to the middle of the night.

The 3 A.M. Epiphany offers more than 200 intriguing writing exercises designed to help you think, write, and revise like never before - without having to wait for creative inspiration. Brian Kiteley , noted author and director of the University of Denver's creative writing program, has crafted and refined these exercises through 15 years of teaching experience.

You'll learn how to:

* Transform staid and stale writing patterns into exciting experiments in fiction
* Shed the anxieties that keep you from reaching your full potential as a writer
* Craft unique ideas by combining personal experience with unrestricted imagination
* Examine and overcome all of your fiction writing concerns, from getting started to writer's block

Open the book, select an exercise, and give it a try. It's just what you need to craft refreshing new fiction, discover bold new insights, and explore what it means to be a writer.

It's never too early to start--not even 3 A.M.
Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, c2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781582973517
Branch Call Number: 808.3 Kiteley
Characteristics: 261 p. ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: Three a.m. epiphany

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Sep 25, 2016

Writing is hard, says the author. I suppose he makes it harder by inventing exercises that don't add up to a publishable story or book..? If you can't get ahead on your novel this week and want to do some writing exercises instead of entirely waste time, this is better than nothing. (But you'd be better off getting unlazy and working on the novel. Not every day on a novel is going to be sunshine and roses. Write anyway.) This is a lot like What If, a book sometimes used in undergrad creative writing programs.

Example exercise: put your two main characters in a wilderness. Forest, desert, foreign city where they don't speak the language Write a scene that will never go in the book.

If you like this sort of thing, you might like it. I don't, so I didn't.


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