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

by Brian Kiteley

It is a dark and stormy night. You have been staring at a blank screen for four hours. Nothing is passing from your head to your fingers, frozen in place on the keyboard. Suddenly that sixth cup of coffee kicks in and you are inspired to take up Kiteley's (creative writing, U. of Denver) book. There you find "God," which turns out to be the name of one of his 201 exercises. Along with the thought- provoking and inspirational exercises, which tend to rely on combining memoir with imagination, Kitely provides commentary about the act and art of writing and gives practical as well as creative ideas about getting that book done, critiquing your own and others' work and writing fresh fiction with less anxiety of the dark and stormy night variety. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy

by Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card shares his advice on how to break into this field, how to develop fantastic story ideas, and evolve fresh plots.

Question of the Day

by Al Katkowsky

Perfect for spending time with friends, family or even co-workers, Question of the Day is designed to help people explore a variety of topics that challenge them to think, be brutally honest, and form perhaps previously unstated opinions. Using these questions is fun, enlightening, surprising and revealing'ideal as an ice breaker among willing acquaintances or as a source of deeper conversation among old friends. It's fun, but also challenging and the subtitle is meant to reflect that. Questions are ranked on a scale from 'light' to 'heavy' indicating the introspection, honesty, and even deep thinking required by the individuals the question is posed to. The questions can incite funny answers, embarrassment'even an unwillingness to answer. But every reaction to a question reveals to the group insights into the beliefs of the people answering. "Question of the Dayreads and plays like a game. The result is a much more stimulating version of The Book of Questions. ' -- Glenn Taverna, general manager, Border Books and Music Westbury, NY

The Writer's Digest Character Naming Sourcebook

by Sherrilyn Kenyon

This reference for writers provides meanings for some 25,000 names and surnames from 45 countries, listed by origin. An explanation of naming practices and historical context is provided for each origin section, and there is a reverse lookup of names by meaning, as well as an alphabetical index of names. An introduction gives practical advice on naming characters and places plus tips on naming for specific genres, and sidebars within the entry sections tell how published authors solved their naming dilemmas. Kenyon (whose name means Blond from the White Meadow) is a fantasy author. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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