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Author Archives: Brian A. Klems

NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 22): Starting Your Novel Right

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In honor of National Novel Writing Month, I’m going to be offering free content each weekday in November to help all NaNoWriMo participants (and, really, anyone who is working on a novel). Here is today’s giveaway: A checklist to review those first few pages of your manuscript to see if what you’re writing quickly is also written well. Read more

NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 21): The Hero/Heroine Quiz

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In honor of National Novel Writing Month, I’m going to be offering free content each weekday in November to help all NaNoWriMo participants (and, really, anyone who is working on a novel). Here is today’s giveaway: Two quizzes to help you find out which archetype your character most closely resembles. Read more

Why Are You Thankful

Write a letter to your family (or friends) explaining why you are thankful this Thanksgiving. Read more

NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 20): Inspiration From Orson Scott Card

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In honor of National Novel Writing Month, I’m going to be offering free content each weekday in November to help all NaNoWriMo participants (and, really, anyone who is working on a novel). Here is today’s giveaway: Insight from Orson Scott Card on success, drive, and creating a regular writing practice. Read more

NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 19): “Words You Should Know” On Printable Bookmarks

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In honor of National Novel Writing Month, I’m going to be offering free content each weekday in November to help all NaNoWriMo participants (and, really, anyone who is working on a novel). Here is today’s giveaway: Three downloadable bookmarks that highlight some fun, yet not often used, terms that can make your writing more colorful and interesting. Read more

NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 16): How To Maintain Energy to Write (Even When Working Fulltime)

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Learn from interviews with twenty working writers who share their secrets for getting the work done and maintaining the energy to write—even when working a full time job elsewhere. Read more

NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 15): A Chart to Help You Map Your Novel

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In honor of National Novel Writing Month, I’m going to be offering free content each weekday in November to help all NaNoWriMo participants (and, really, anyone who is working on a novel). Here is today’s giveaway: A story map that will help you stay on track and finish on time. Read more

NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 14): A New Character Archetype: The Game Changer

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Get the low down on one archetype character who might be perfect for giving your story an added layer of conflict and complexity that will spark readers’—and agents’—interest. Read more

And That’s Why We All Ate Hamburgers This Thanksgiving

Write about the only time you hosted Thanksgiving—and how it went so terribly wrong. Start with the line, “For my first Thanksgiving as host, I bought the biggest turkey they had in the store,” and end your story with “And that’s why we all ate hamburgers.” Read more

NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 13): How to Create Powerful Conflict in Your Novel

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In honor of National Novel Writing Month, I’m going to be offering free content each weekday in November to help all NaNoWriMo participants (and, really, anyone who is working on a novel). Here is today’s giveaway: How to Create Powerful Conflict in Your Novel Read more

10 Great Travel Destinations for Writers

Here are the top 10 places every writer should visit and tips on how to maximize your time while visiting. Read more

NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 12): How to Pace Your Novel

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In honor of National Novel Writing Month, I’m going to be offering free content each weekday in November to help all NaNoWriMo participants (and, really, anyone who is working on a novel). Here is today’s giveaway: How to Pace Your Novel Read more

NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 9): 37 Motivational Tips for Writers

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In honor of National Novel Writing Month, I’m going to be offering free content each weekday in November to help all NaNoWriMo participants (and, really, anyone who is working on a novel). Here is today’s giveaway: 37 Motivational Tips for Writers Read more

NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 8): Tips on How to Write Fast

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In honor of National Novel Writing Month, I’m going to be offering free content each weekday in November to help all NaNoWriMo participants (and, really, anyone who is working on a novel). Here is today’s giveaway: Tips on How to Write Fast Read more

NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 7): Checklist of Story Points

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In honor of National Novel Writing Month, I’m going to be offering free content each weekday in November to help all NaNoWriMo participants (and, really, anyone who is working on a novel). Here is today’s giveaway: A Checklist of Story Points … Read more

NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 6): Breakdown of Storytelling Plots

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In honor of National Novel Writing Month, I’m going to be offering free content each weekday in November to help all NaNoWriMo participants (and, really, anyone who is working on a novel). Here is today’s giveaway: A Breakdown of Storytelling Plots … Read more

Running For Class President (& a Bombshell Announcement Made by Your Opponent)

You decide to run for president of your high school class only to find that your opponent is running a smear campaign about you. Worse yet, your opponent has been telling everyone that he/she will drop a bombshell announcement in front of the entire school during your first debate. The debate is here. Write the scene where the bombshell is announced and describe how you react to it—remember, the entire school is watching. Read more

NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 5): 50 Questions to Consider When Writing a Novel

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In honor of National Novel Writing Month, I’m going to be offering free content each weekday in November to help all NaNoWriMo participants (and, really, anyone who is working on a novel). Here is today’s giveaway: 50 Questions to Consider When Writing a Novel Read more

The Winner of the Shortest Short Story Contest (#SSStory)

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First off, thanks to everyone who participated in our inaugural Shortest Short Story Contest (#SSStory). I was blown away by the participation (more than 1,100 tweets and comments) and am grateful that you enjoyed it as much as I did. With the help of WD Books editor James Duncan, we whittled it down—which was amazingly hard—and picked this winner … Read more

NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 2): Motivation Master Plan Template

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In honor of National Novel Writing Month, I’m going to be offering free content every weekday in November to help all NaNoWriMo participants (and, really, anyone who is working on a novel). Here is today’s giveaway: A Motivation Master Plan Template Read more

NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 1): Get Started Calendar

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In honor of National Novel Writing Month, I’m going to be offering free content every weekday in November to help all NaNoWriMo participants (and, really, anyone who is working on a novel). Here is today’s giveaway: Our Get Started Calendar. Read more

Happy Halloween From Writer’s Digest (Dancing Kurt Vonnegut?)

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Today was our annual Halloween costume and decoration competition, and the Writer’s Digest team once again put on a good showing. Our theme was “Dead Writer’s Society” and, as you can see, we all “morphed” into some of the greatest literary writers who now haunt the world as ghosts (friendly ghosts, I’m sure). Guess who I am. Read more

YOU Are the Arch Nemesis

A movie hero steps out of your television and proclaims that you are his/her arch-nemesis. Write about what happens. Read more

The Shortest Short Story Contest (Free w/Prizes)

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Over the coming month thousands of writers (including you, perhaps?) will take a stab at knocking out 50,000 words in just 30 days for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). But before the marathon hits, we wanted to do a short race–a super short race–and give you an opportunity to write The Shortest Short Story you can write. In fact, we’ll give away a prize to the best one. Here’s how it works. Read more

5 Things to Stop Doing (If You Really Want to Finish Writing Your Novel)

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Your novel isn’t going to write itself (I mean, if it were, it probably would have finished itself a long time ago!). Here are the five things you need to stop doing immediately if you want turn yourself into someone who stops asking questions about how to write a manuscript and starts bragging to friends about how you completed your manuscript. Read more

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