Author Archives: Brian A. Klems

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Writing

In a thought-provoking ThrillerFest panel provided by WD managing editor Zachary Petit, four popular authors shared what they believe to be the deadly sins of the writing craft. Here are seven of their offerings. Have you committed any of them?

Golf Fundraiser Takes an Interesting Turn

You're on a golf course taking part in a fundraiser to cure a disease that's near and dear to your heart. On the 11th hole, you hit a ball into the woods. While searching for that ball, you see a white rabbit that stops, looks you right in the eye and says, "Follow me."...

A Mad Scientist Approches You

A mad scientist approaches you with an offer: He has a secret potion that will help you get the thing you want most in this world—be it a person, a thing, an ability, etc. What you don't know (and won't reveal until the end of your story) is that there is one dire consequence...

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Snuck vs. Sneaked

"Sneaked" versus "snuck" is one of those classic grammarian conundrums that you'll hear word enthusiasts debate all the time. Here's a simple explanation to make sure you're using the right word.

In Too Deep With Your Bookie

This time, you're in too deep. You're gambling losses have been mounting and, with a recent ill-advised bet, have put you $50,000 in debt. Your bookie, knowing you don't have that kind of cash, is willing to wipe your debt clean if you carry out a very dangerous mission for him.

Today’s the Day You Save a Life

You're on your way to lunch when you walk by a crowd of people staring up toward the sky. You look up and see someone at the top of a building getting ready to jump to his or her death. Quickly you realize you know this person—in fact, it's someone from work. Something about...

Introducting Your Main Character (Free Download)

Thanks for being a member of the Writer’s Digest community (whether that’s through WritersDigest.com, Twitter, Facebook or Google+)! As a thank you, here’s a free download to help your writing career: How to Successfully Introduce Your Main Character in Your Manuscript

Leaving Town Abruptly

A friend rings your doorbell way too early in the morning to be ringing doorbells. You answer the door in your PJs, and the friend says, "Pack a bag quickly. I have to get out of here now and need you to come with me." You are intrigued.

Lipstick Message

You get a message, it is obviously for you, but it is scrawled in lipstick on a mirror in a public restroom. It's unexpected, but now you know exactly where the killer is hiding. It's time to find him and, hopefully, your friend (and hopefully your friend is still alive). Write this scene.

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What if You Were the Editor Who Rejected Jurassic Park?

Most of us writers have received rejection letters at one point or another in our writing career (I've certainly received my fair share, that's for sure). But what if we could turn the tables a bit and pretend to be an editor that rejects a bestselling novel or famous author? Writer's Digest's Reject-a-Hit free...

Person of Your Dreams

The person of your dreams shows up on your doorstep, asking if you’d like to go out for coffee. You are surprised and confused, but you say yes. At the coffee shop, as he/she is talking, you discover that he/she thinks that you are someone else. Instead of coming clean, you go with it—only...

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Random Acts of Kindness for Writers

The writing community is made up of thousands of individuals who support one another. There is a collective understanding between writers that we are strongest together, and to that end, people readily give their time and energy to see their fellows succeed. Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi share the writing path with so many...