Different writers have different rituals and methods of writing, from last year’s Pulitzer Prize winner Donna Tartt to classic writers like Hemingway and contemporary pop writers like Dan Brown. However, nearly every writer agrees on one piece of advice, “Write every day.” You have to write to be a writer and not just proclaim you’ve got the next Harry Potter or Game of Thrones in your head.
Some people don’t respond to prompt writing, but The 3 A.M. Epiphany is less about prompts and more about expanding your repertoire. Brian Kiteley, a director of the creative writing program at DU, crafted the kind of writing prompts that nudge you into considering how conversations flow, the differences in male and female perspective, and how a story can be framed by time or history. Each prompt is followed by either an explanation of why it’s an effective narrative tool or an example of how other authors successfully employed the technique.
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Although Anne Rice’s vampires have been supplanted by the sparklepires of Twilight and Ian Somerhalder’s smoldering turn as Damon Salvatore in the CW’s adaption of the Vampire Diaries, her books are still beloved by many vampire and horror fans the world over. So, what advice would Rice give to those looking to follow in her footsteps?
In a video from last year, she tells aspiring fiction writers that unlike other professions, such as doctors or lawyers where there are many rules, you don’t really need much to be an author. The most important tool that you’ll ever need is a computer, a word processing program, and time. Rice adds that there’s no correct way to sit down and write a manuscript, which is “one of the great things about our profession.” The only thing that you should really worry about, Rice tells her audience, is finishing your manuscript.
In terms of subjects, Rice urges authors to explore both pain and pleasure. Not only should you write about the topics that you should find interesting but also make sure that you look at the painful memories as well. If your manuscript is exciting to you, you’ll be able to stick with writing it.
Rice also adds that if you keep getting rejection letters from many publishing companies, you can always go the self-publishing route. There’s always the chance that a big-name company will pick it up once it is out there in the world, after all.
Perhaps most important of all, Rice urges writers to never give up. Keep writing, keep reaching out to agents via email, be stubborn, and believe in yourself. As long as you keep fighting for your work, there’s a better chance that you’ll be able to achieve your dreams of becoming a published author.
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