Author Archives: Brian A. Klems

A Mad Scientist Approaches You With an Offer

A mad scientist approaches you with an offer—he will heighten one of your senses, but it will make one of your other senses duller. It isn't optional; he's going to perform the surgery anyway, but you get to choose which two senses. Write this scene.

Why Did Santa Kidnap You?

You wake up in a daze only to find out you've been kidnapped and are currently tied up to a chair. After hours of unsuccessfully trying to escape, a door starts to open. Your kidnapper is none other than—Santa Claus? Write a story explaining why Santa kidnapped you and what he intends to do...

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The 19 Most Popular Articles on Writing of 2012

During its first full year in action, my WritersDigest.com blog (The Writer's Dig) reached amazing heights and has become one of the most popular parts of our website. First, I want to thank everyone for that—without your support and clicks, I wouldn't be able to do what I love, which is find and share...

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Connecticut, Our Thoughts Are With You

We are in shock and completely devastated to hear about the tragedy in Connecticut today. As a father of three young children, I can't even imagine the heartbreak and hell these families are unjustly being put through. From the entire Writer's Digest staff, our thoughts, prayers and hearts go out to everyone involved.

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The 12-12-12 Big Clearance Sale From Writer’s Digest

Forget about Black Friday—Writer's Digest is offering up some of the most heavily discounted deals of the year on 12/12/12 Tuesday! Throughout all of today, December 12, 2012, get discounts as high as 80% on books, ebooks, CDs, DVDs and more of the best writing resources around. Find out more here.

A Haiku of Bad Habits

Write a haiku (three lines: five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables) about your significant other’s most annoying habit/feature. Or, do the same for a friend, coworker, family member or pet.

Your Elf on the Shelf is Stealing From You

You brought an Elf on the Shelf into your home, but instead of him visiting Santa every night, you believe that he is mysteriously stealing money from your wallet and taking nightly trips to (fill in the blank). One night you stay awake and secretly follow him to find out the truth. Write this...

Reject a Hit: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Let’s step once again into the role of the unconvinced, perhaps even curmudgeonly or fool-hearted editor: What harsh rejection letters might the authors of some of our favorite hit books have had to endure? This contribution comes from Chris Gay of Manchester, Conn., who found Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol to be as...

Tell Santa You’ve Been Good

Last year, Santa didn't bring you what you wanted for Christmas and you were left to assume it's because you weren't a good boy (or girl). Start building a case for getting that gift you want this year by making a list of your good deeds to date and what else you plan to...

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12 Writer’s Digest Deals of December: Day 2, Deal 2

It's day two of our annual 12 Deals of December, where we release a new deal of great savings on Writer's Digest resources (books, bundles, etc.) from December 1st through December 12th. These discounts are big and meant to help you get more for less around the holidays. So without further ado, here's today's...

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12 Writer’s Digest Deals of December: Day 1, Deal 1

It's time for our annual 12 Deals of December, where we release a new deal of great savings on Writer's Digest resources (books, bundles, etc.) from December 1st through December 12th. (I love these offers because it reminds me of my favorite holiday song, the "12 Days of Christmas"). These discounts are big and...

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NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 28): How to End a Novel

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 worksheet that features the basic questions you should be answering in your closing scenes.

Celebrity Fender Bender

While driving to pick up lunch, you accidentally bump into the car in front of you—a light fender bender—that pops open the other car's trunk. When you get out to assess the damage, you notice that the driver of the other car is none other than your favorite actor. More important, you notice a...

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NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 23): Subplot Tracker

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 handy subplot tracker from by Joseph Bates will help to organize your thoughts.

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NaNoWriMo Giveaway (Day 22): Starting Your Novel Right

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...

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

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.