The 3 A.M. Epiphany will encourage writers to push the boundaries of their fiction for exciting results. Rather than featuring standard rules, this guide:* Shares unusual exercises that help writers "think away" from anxieties, allowing creative ideas to emerge* Combines the work of writing with thought processes behind the work, helping writers break out of limited writing processes and molds* Addresses the concerns of fiction writers, whether they are going it alone or enrolled in a workshop, having difficulty getting started or suffering from a blockThe 3 A.M. Epiphany will give writers the exercises they need to make creative breakthroughs.
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.
I wouldn't recommend this for new writers (a collection of writing prompts is a much better bet and I recommend The Writer's Book of days by Judy Reeves) but for anyone who has material already and wants to improve their craft, or needs shaking out of a rut, this has to be one of the best books on the market.
I would say though, that the print in the book is way too small to be enjoyable. It was for this reason that I bought the Kindle version.