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Writing Guides for Innovative Fiction

We're just back from a stunning week-end at Cinnamon's 10th anniversary bash at the NN Gallery, Northampton. I was lucky enough to lead a workshop on the last day, for a very attentive and enthusiastic group of writers, on the topic of non-linear narratives. During a general discussion of innovative (or "experimental" — you pays your money and takes your choice) writing, I mentioned a couple of books that I'd found helpful and promised to do a short list of titles I've found useful in a future blog. So, without further ado:

Architectures of Possibility by Lance Olsen
A very good overview of the whys and wherefores of innovative writing which includes a host of interviews and writing exercises. If I ever start to wonder, "Why am I writing this stuff?" I dig this book out to remind myself.
The 3 A.M. Epiphany by Brian Kiteley
A host of interesting writing exercises on different aspects of writing. Always though provoking, often challenging, these exercises are a delight.
The 4 A.M. Breakthrough by Brian Kiteley
A follow-up to the previous volume, the exercises being arranged around broad themes this time. Both books are fantastic for prompting new approaches and making the grey matter fire properly.
The Writing Experiment by Hazel Smith
A superb review of innovative writing techniques, running the gamut from simple language-based ideas through to multimedia techniques and more advanced approaches. A highly recommended book, not least because it was as a result of one of the exercises here that I ended up writing my novel, Vitus Dreams.

Adam Craig is a co-director of Cinnamon Press and editor of Cinnamon's innovative fiction imprint, Liquorice Fish Books. His first novel, Vitus Dreams, was published earlier this year, and a prose poetry sequence, Year W, has just come out.

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Monday, 30 March 2020