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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 (booknews.com)

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

Writer with a Day Job

by Áine Greaney

Don't let the daily grind drain your creative energy! You can work full time and still have a productive writing life. Many writers waste time waiting for the day they can finally quit their day jobs and live the so-called writing dream. Don't wait. You can do both - and your writing will be the better for it. Balancing a full-time job and a productive writing life is no easy feat! This book offers writers advice, skill-building techniques, prompts, and exercises in every chapter, and strategies on how to get and keep writing while also working the 9 to 5 grind. Readers will discover tips and exercises for: Setting and protecting personal writing goals Creating a schedule that complements their stamina Getting creative before and after work - and on their lunch hour Finding inspiration in the most unlikely of spots and at the most impromptu of times Writing proficiently in multiple forms (long and short) so that they don't get bogged down writing one long project Becoming an active participant in writing communities so they have a solid support system at the ready Figuring out how (if at all) to share their writing life with co-workers, friends, and family members You'll also get quick, practical tutorials to help you master scenes, point of view, characters, settings, dialogue, and more. Writer With a Day Job gives you the strategies and motivation you need to work 40 hours a week (or more!) and achieve writing success.

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 (booknews.com)

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