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4 A.M. Breakthrough: Unconventional Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fictionby Brian Kiteley
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In this companion to his 2005 book The 3 a.m. epiphany; uncommon writing exercises that transform your fiction, author Kiteley (creative-writing, U. Denver) offers 200 exercises intended to stimulate creativity and illustrate how to deal with the processes and problems encountered in writing. Exercises include writing a fake encyclopedia entry; writing from the perspective of a teenager plotting to kill her parents, or as a person on a mild drug like marijuana; examining the end of a friendship from each persons perspective; and describing a meal that centers around an unusual food. Appendices include a list of reference books the author keeps on hand, and advice for teachers and students. An exercise index is convieniently provided. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Realize All That Is Possible in Your Fiction
Writers have long turned to exercises for help with beginningbe it a new piece of fiction, a daily routine, or a serious writing life. Behind the theory of exercises is an attitude of curiosity and expectancy, a desire to ask questions of yourself and of the world, to boldlyor not so boldlystick a toe into the waters of something fresh, provocative, and exhilarating. To create fiction on the verge.
In The 4 A.M. Breakthrough, companion to The 3 A.M. Epiphany, award-winning author and professor Brian Kiteley presents you with another 200 stimulating exercises, designed to help you expand your understanding of the problems and processes of more complex, satisfying fiction and to challenge you to produce works of which you never thought yourself capable.
You'll learn how to:
Train your writing instincts, so creation becomes a more organic, automatic process
Tackle challenging concepts and themes, such as Language Games, The Mind, Money & Class, and History, laying a foundation for larger, more significant writing projects
Make your writing process more fun and experimental, so you'll approach your fiction in the spirit of discovery, rather than with anxiety
Open the book. Choose an exercise. Surprise yourself.
Anything can happeneven at 4 a.m.
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