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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Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series and The Kane Chronicles, is known for taking ancient myths and turning them into fun reads for middle-schoolers. However, in a video with AdLit, he discusses the impact mythology had on him at that age and what it means for him as an author of children’s books today.
Riordan starts off by crediting his English teacher back in middle school for introducing him to the world mythology. “The first book that I remember reading at that age that I actually enjoyed was The Lord of the Rings trilogy.” The author goes on to explain that his teacher at the time mentioned that Tolkien was inspired by Norse mythology and handed him a few books on the subject.
After that, Riordan’s interest was peaked after reading the tales about Loki, Thor, and Odin and it helped open his eyes to the fact that fantasy was far older than he originally thought. After all, many of the same themes that are found in world mythology can also be seen in most, if not all, fantasy novels today.
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