Author Archives: Brian A. Klems

Taking the Mystery Out of Writing History

Let me just say that I offer these tips on writing historical fiction from my own limited experience.  Doubtless there are other more serious writers out there who will glance over my measly list and scoff at its inadequacy—“Where is the section on research?” they might harrumph—and yet, I offer it anyway.  I’ve lost...

Root Canal Secret Mission

You've scheduled a root canal and the dentist finishes up. You pay and head to your car. Once in your car you hear a voice (from the tooth) that informs you that the dentist inserted a government device in your mouth and you're needed for a secret mission. What happens next?

Successful Query: Margaret Rogerson & An Enchantment of Ravens

This post is part of a series called Successful Queries. It features actual query letter examples to literary agents that were successful for authors. In addition to the query letter, you’ll also see the thoughts from the writer’s literary agent as to why the letter worked. Today’s features debut author Margaret Rogerson and her...

Get Out of the Car With Your Hands Up

You're driving to your favorite city when you're stopped by a police officer. Sure, you were going a few miles over the speed limit, so you're not overly surprised. But you are surprised when the police officer gets to your car and screams, "Get out of your car with your hands up!" This leads...

The Letter All Writers Should Write

Write a letter to a person who supported your writing career, whether that be a friend, a family member, a teacher (even one that supported you at a very young age before you knew that it would blossom into a writing career), an author you've never met but have been inspired by his or...

This Isn’t a Drill

You're sitting in your office when the fire alarm goes off. As you start to exit the building with other coworkers in an orderly fashion, as you've been trained, you hear screaming coming from the corner office. Instinctively, you rush to that office to see smoke and fire all around the door. What do...

Crime Short Story: “Sister’s Night Out” by Darian Chavez

“Sister’s Night Out” by Darian Chavez is the First Place-winning story in the crime category of the 12th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. For complete coverage of this year’s awards, including an exclusive interview with the Grand Prize winner and a complete list of winners, check out the May/June 2017 issue of Writer’s...

At The End of The Rainbow

You and a friend have decided to try and follow a rainbow to see if the end holds a pot of gold. But when you finally reach the end, you find something much more valuable than a pot of gold—and it changes your life. Write this scene.

Stuck in the 80s

Write a story about a millennial teenager who, through a high school experiment gone wrong, time travels back to his/her same high school in the 80s and has to spend a day in that era before finding a way to time-travel back.

Breaking Up on Valentine’s Day

You've finally decided it's time to break up with your significant other. You just haven't felt that connection for awhile and know it's time to move on. So you go over to his/her house and, after explaining how you feel, you feel relieved--that is, until your now ex-significant reminds you that it is Valentine's...