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Author Archives: Brian A. Klems
In the middle of the night, you get an urgent call from a friend you haven’t talked to in years. Something terrible has happened. What is it and why is he/she calling … Read more
One day you wake up to find your dog/cat waiting for you at the side of your bed, sitting on your briefcase. Cocking its head, it tells you, in perfect English, that … Read more
Choose your favorite book. Then, write a first-person narrative from the viewpoint of a minor character. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
Write a sappy love poem to a distant personage, then go back and change/add words to make it sarcastic. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
Using as much alliteration as you can (Annie always ate apples) tell a story about your meeting with a group of alien ambassadors. Post your response (500 words or less) in the … Read more
Come up with a new holiday. Explain why and how it should be celebrated. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
You often hear people say, “You’ll never understand another person until you’ve walked a day in his or her shoes.” Choose a fictional character and walk a day in his or her … Read more
Write a letter to yourself that you will open in six months. Include your current accomplishments and concerns, and remind yourself of one thing from today that you want to make sure … Read more
You’ve been given an opportunity to be a contestant on your favorite game show. Write about your experience, your interaction with the host and how you made it to the final round … Read more
Storms have knocked out the power. You find the flashlight and make shadow bunnies on the wall, but you can tell the kids are not amused. So instead you decide to tell … Read more
You’ve left town—ditching your old, miserable life—hoping to start a new life for yourself. You’ve given yourself a new name, fake background and style. Write about your first encounter in your new … Read more
A close friend has a life-altering decision to make and asks you for advice. What advice do you give? Write the conversation between you and your friend. Post your response (500 words … Read more
The love of your life is getting married to someone else. In a last-ditch attempt to win the love of your life back, you bust into the wedding and profess your love … Read more
You’re out to eat a nice birthday dinner with your family when the waiting staff marches out from the back room with a cake. With everyone around singing happy birthday, you decide … Read more
Write a story about two brothers who are competing for the affection of the same woman. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
Write a haiku (first line 5 syllables, second line 7 syllables, third line 5 syllables) about your first day of high school. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments … Read more
A knock at the door catches you off-guard. Upon answering it, you’re greeted by a man who says he’s from the future—and he can prove it. More important, he says he has … Read more
You are given the opportunity to talk to one dead person and tell him one thing that you didn’t get to before he passed away. Who would you pick and what would … Read more
You and two friends are out to dinner when a woman walks up to you and says, “My husband and I have a disagreement and we’d like you to decide who is … Read more
You arrive at work to find all the items in your cube packed up in a box. There’s no note and you have no idea what is going on. Write this scene. … Read more
You’re riding an elevator when the power goes out. The situation take a turn when the pregnant woman next to you goes into labor. Post your response (500 words or less) in … Read more
You’re late for work because you overslept, but your boss hates over-sleepers. He does love entertaining stories, so create the most outlandish excuse as to why you were late. Post your response … Read more
A friend knocks on your door. Her father has had a heart attack and she must leave town immediately to visit—only problem is she needs someone to watch over her very unusual … Read more
One week after attending the funeral of a close friend, you receive a postcard in the mail with the words, “I’m not dead. Meet me tonight at Guido’s Pizzeria. Tell no one.” … Read more
Write a 20-line poem (rhyming or non-rhyming) dedicated to your favorite piece of clothing (could be a shirt, hat, shoes, etc.). Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.