Author Archives: Brian A. Klems

Creation Simulator

As you close your eyes you feel as if you’re being lifted. Yes, higher and higher until you decide to open your eyes. You see a vast world before, one new to your eyes. A voice booms out: “This is yours now, craft it well.” How do you shape this world? What inhabits it?...

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4 Tips on Balancing Your Writing Life vs. Your Personal Life

Choosing writing as a career provides one of the most important keys to achieving work-life balance: flexibility. For the most part, writers decide when to write, what to write, where to write, and how much to write. Though we may work the same amount of hours as those in traditional office/commute/matchy suit/lunch break jobs,...

The Center of Things

Ah the freedom of flight, the weightlessness of free-fall. Doesn’t it feel wonderful? Well it would if you weren’t launching at maximum velocity towards a gaping hole that leads to the center of the earth. Why are you going there? What’s going on?

Be Careful Out There

"Be careful out there," your mom said as you grabbed your duffel bag and headed on a camping trip with friends. "You know that tonight is the anniversary, don't you?" You nodded, then shut the door behind you before getting in the car and taking off.

A Karaoke Love Story

A promotion at work has you head out with coworkers to celebrate. While at the bar, you decide to sing karaoke. As you belt your way through the song (fill in the blank), another member of the crowd starts harmonizing with you. Is it someone you know? Is it not? Either way, this is...

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BIG SALE: Friends & Family Summer Sale – Get 40% Off

From now through Sunday we’re hosting a HUGE Friends & Family of Writer’s Digest Summer sale in our shop, allowing you to save 40% on all the writing resources you’ll need to have a productive summer! Really, I haven’t seen a sale like this in a long, long time (and probably won’t again for...

Childhood Piece of Clothing

You're rummaging through an old tub of clothes from your childhood that your parents had stored away in their attic. As you search you find one particular piece that you remember as your favorite. When you hold it in your hands, you're magically transported back to the moment you got that piece of clothing...

Anyone But Me

You've had a rough day at work. You head home and go straight to bed, mumbling, "I wish I'd wake up tomorrow and be anyone but me," before dozing off. When you wake up in the morning, your dream has come true, as you quickly realize that you are not you—you are someone else...

Private Eye

You're a private investigator who is down on his or her luck and hasn't had a client in months. Suddenly the phone rings. It's a kid. The kid proposes a silly case to you. Normally you wouldn't take such a ridiculous job (from a kid, no less), but you need the work, so you...

April Showers Bring a Murder

Start your story with "April showers bring May flowers, at least, that's what my ______ used to tell me." Then end your story with story with, "And that, officer, is why I had to murder my ______."

It’s You — But It Isn’t

You're a regular commenter on a website about a hobby you are passionate about. You've been posting for years and have made many friends. Suddenly one day, you hop on the site and notice there are several comments from you—but you didn't write them! You attempt to delete them, but you can't. Worse yet,...

Baggage

You start dating a person you met at your local grocery store. The date is going well—you've taken the person to your favorite restaurant (in which you both ordered the same unusual meal) and, it turns out, you both grew up in the same small town. The problem is, when you got for a...

Scavenger Hunt

You're involved in a scavenger hunt—boys versus girls—and you take off to help your team collect every item on the list. The first several items are relatively easy but the last item is very unusual. But, upon reading the last item, you know exactly where to find it. The only problem is that it...