3 AM Epiphany

3 AM Epiphany

by Brian Kiteley


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582973517
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 08/05/2005
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 317,715
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Brian Kiteley is the director of the creative writing programme at a leading US university. A frequent award winner, he is the author of many successful novels.

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3 AM Epiphany 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Lorene More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating book. I could do the exercises all day. It stimulates lots of new ideas about many subjects. After wasting way too much time on this book in the hope that it would help me with my novel, I realized that it was diverting but not helpful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an intelligent book on creative writing, giving ideas to stir your imagination in ways you never thought of. Some of the ideas I'd never heard of, but they got me thinking. It's a difficult book in some of its suggestions, but you will find some very unusual techniques that can help you write more creatively and better. It's not one of the run-of-the-mill ideas books you've probably already read. Each chapter ends with suggestions for writing, and you can skip around and try some techniques that most interest you, as well as the harder suggestions that could surprise you. I highly recommend this book as one of the few to really get your hands on!
ShushilaH on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the most to the point books of prompts that I have looked at. Doing the work with this book feels a little more like eating my writing veggies than I like, I suspect because they are grounded more in literary fiction than speculative fiction, but if I need something to get me going in a new direction, I look in this book. Opening the book at random is my favorite thing, and although I usually modify the exercises to fit my style, it has yet to let me down.
amyfaerie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These "prompt" books are typically all the same, but Kiteley's is one of the better I've read. He has some great ideas in here--exercises that can produce "real" fiction that doesn't seem like the result of an exercise.
BookJumper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If all you have on the shelf is space for one, just one, volume to excercise your fiction, make this one. Let me tell you why:1. The excercises are, indeed, uncommon. Even the ones that look like I've heard them before when I first start reading them are, upon further examination, given a new spin. Though this may make them look a bit daunting at first, it also makes them exciting and challenging and worth your money.2. There are so many of them; just over one hundred and fifty. Do one every few days for a year and you might just find you've laid the groundwork for about ten short story collections (the average collection holds about fifteen).3. While the author is by no means hyper-critical, he knows how to jolt you into action by tingling your pride. A learned, patient but no-nonsense teacher, he will not shy away from calling you a coward should you chicken out of doing your excercises properly.4. The commentaries to the excercises often provide little snippets of literary history and criticism that inspire as much as they inform. Knowing that James Joyce almost stopped writing "Ulysses" when he parted from his daily writing buddy made me go awww (because it's a cute story) and oh! (because it is always useful to remember that even the greatest wordsmiths are human beings).... there are more reasons; though if these are not enough, this isn't the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A real inspiration and a great way to improve your prose!
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Doc_Faustus More than 1 year ago
Never patronizing like most Writer's Digest books, never too esoteric like Gardner's Art of Fiction can be, the 3 AM Epiphany is a book I would not hesitate to recommend to students of writing and to the occasional professional writer looking for a jumpstart. Many of the exercises are extremely helpful and can get you into the right frame of mind for writing. Some exercises are perhaps more useful for budding writers than more experienced ones and some I'm unsure of their usefulness. I would recommend King's On Writing or Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird before I would recommend this, however.
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novelwriterMW More than 1 year ago
I am looking forward to starting this book and seeing where it leads me. I like the different setup.
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