The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Blurb & Collage

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Another great week, another great book read.  The 3 A.M. Epiphany, by Brian Kiteley, was an unexpected gift from my wife.  When I saw the cover, I assumed it was a book about writing dream journals, something which I’ve talked about here.  It’s actually a book jam-packed with amazing writing prompts.  Really well crafted ones at that.

If you are a flash fiction aficionado, a novelist in a rut, or just someone who wants to expand the way they think about fiction and writing, you will find many useful exercises on these pages.  What is refreshing about this book is that it isn’t so much a book on how to write – it’s a book on ideas for you to write from.  It forces you to abandon the concept that you don’t have any thoughts to work from by offering you hundreds of them.

3AM Epiphany.jpgWith more than 200 well written and explained writing prompts to work from it provides a rough outline for you to apply your personal touch.  Categories range from serious topics, to the absolute insane ones.  It even provides you a template to generate your own writing prompts (something a blogger could make good use of – not me though).

Overall, I’m happy to own this book (especially considering its source).  While I certainly haven’t worked through all the exercises, I did read them.  Even just reading them really broadened my range when it comes to story telling.  As writers we tend to focus on what is familiar.  This book challenges you to step out of your comfort zone and add dimension and depth to your craft.  Add this to you free writing routing (which I’ve talked about before here) and you will have yourself a powerful combination.

That’s it for today.  Do you know of a writing book I should be reading?  Let me know!  I’m always on the hunt for more greens to round out my diet.  Until tomorrow, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!

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    • I agree. I never used to be a fan of writing prompts, until I did a few and saw some positive results. Thanks for stopping in today and good luck with your work.

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  1. That’s one reason I like Writing Excuses. Perception of War was actually inspired by one of their podcasts. I think the trick is to constantly seek inspiration. My favorite is to take a normal situation and introduce an abnormal element. Like right now my niece is coloring while waiting for pizza, and I thought, “What if we lived in a world where we have to draw our food and bring it from the 2-D plane into our 3-D universe?”

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    • I also love Writing Excuses (thanks to your suggestion I might add). I would agree with you, just like varying your reading adds depth to your writing – varying you writing achieves the same effect.

      You idea for drawing things and bringing them to life reminds me of the 80s music video, Take On Me, by A-ha.

      Thanks for stopping in today bud. Talk to you soon.

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    • The bunny planet, deathbed conversions, and there are plenty more (going off the top of my head). While those sound silly, the content is actually very deep. Bunny Planet being a theme based around a children’s series and how to shift emotion halfway through a narrative. And deathbed conversions allows you to examine, in your own writing, how you would have someone make a fundamental change in belief prior to their death. It’s really an interesting read. Thanks again for checking in today!

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  2. Oh we actually used this for one of the basic creative writing classes when I was in college. It really is an amazing tool (as seen by the fact that it is one of only 2 required texts I kept).

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