Author Archives: Brian A. Klems


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)

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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.


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...


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...

When Your Favorite Characters Don’t Get Along

Your parents have thrown you a surprise birthday dinner and have invited your two favorite fictional characters (can be literary, television, movie, etc.). There's only one problem: Turns out, the characters don't get along and, after some mild bickering, they get into a big fight following one particular insult. Write this scene.

Backstage Passes Lead to Adventure

You've been given the opportunity to see any band (dead or alive) at a live concert in your hometown. At the end of the show, you bump into an old high school friend who is working security and offers you (and the friend you brought to the concert) backstage passes. What happens next is...


The Q: Can You “Read” an Audiobook?

A few months ago, my wife picked up an audiobook from the library (it was Rob Lowe's Stories I Only Tell My Friends, in case you were wondering). I had never listened to an audiobook before, so I thought I'd give it a go. And I fell in love with it. It's the perfect...

Why You Were Late for the Meeting

You're at lunch when your smartphone buzzes with an e-mail from your boss: "Don't forget, we have a meeting in 10 minutes." Of course you did forget, so you rush out of the restaurant and attempt to make it before it starts. But a crazy chain of events stops you from getting back in...

23 Timeless Quotes About Writing

While fad advice in the writing world comes and goes, some wisdom is so novel that it’s withstood the test of time. Culled from 91 years of WD articles, interviews and essays, here are 23 of our favorite writing quotes of enduring advice and inspiration. Enjoy.