Three A.M. Epiphany by Brian Kiteley provides me with numerous opportunities to work on my writing skills. He groups exercises around topics like “Point of View,” “Images,” “Characters and Ways of Seeing” and “Women and Men.” The author provides exercises that have forced me to stretch. Boy does that make a difference in my writing!
The exercises he provides don’t always show up in my current work. At a future date I believe they will surface. Writing, besides reading, is about skill building, I think.
What kinds of skills? Check out a few of his exercises to find out. You can pick up a copy at your local library. If you subscribe to Oyster Books (a monthly subscription service like Netflix, but for books), it is available there.
Here are two exercises:
The Reluctant I. Write a first-person story in which you use the first-person pronoun (I or me or my) only two times – but keep the I somehow important to the narrative you’re constructing. ^00 words
Beyond Words. Create a brief fragment of an epiphany, a moment beyond words, beyond explaining, in which a character sees the necessity of change. 300 words.