The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction

The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction

Brian Kiteley

Language: English

Pages: 272

ISBN: 1582973512

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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 school...in 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.

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(the accident happened on his birthday). The baker is calling so late because they blew him off the first couple of times he called. After several such mysterious and upsetting late-night phone calls, he finds out the child died. He is devastated, and he finds a way to console the parents. This is the plot of Raymond Carver’s “A Small, Good Thing.” TEACHER. In a short scene, have one character teach another character something that changes the teacher. 500 words THIS EXERCISE SHOULD teach

would Atlanta look like in the 1990s? How would African Americans behave in the company of white people? Would the institution of slavery have slowed innovation in farming and industry in the South? Would there still be slavery 125 years later in this separate country? REVISIONIST HISTORY. Research two historical figures that lived around the same period who contrast dramatically with each other (for example, John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe or Ernest Hemingway and Wallace Stevens).

wonderfully convincing storyteller when I was growing up. It seemed to me that he always knew the truth about the world, in all its particulars and generalities. But I caught my brother red-handed in an untruth once, and I asked rhetorically how he could have sounded so sure of himself when it turned out he was wrong. He said, “Brian, you must first of all act like you’re telling the truth. Usually, truth follows confidence in the truth.” In 1722, Daniel Defoe wrote in his preface to Moll

breakdown noises, or horror movie music. 500 words EXPERT, PROFESSIONAL MIMICS copy famous people who have distinctive voices—Jimmy Stewart or Bill Clinton. The difference between imitating an actor and imitating a politician is that actors are also imitating themselves— Cary Grant said everybody wanted to be like Cary Grant, including Cary Grant. In narrative, how do you approximate distinctive intonations and pregnant pauses? The character Chandler in the sitcom Friends speaks in an

successfully define oneself (in England, the assumption is that birth, station, class, and education are more important, but they are quickly located by accents, so one need not ask the question who are you? upon first meeting someone). American fiction, though, has been accused of ignoring work, with a few glaring exceptions—Melville’s whalers, Nathanael West’s hoteliers, and DeLillo’s advertising executives (in one form or another). These exercises attempt to insinuate you into an ordinary

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