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.
With 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!