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Author Archives: Brian A. Klems

Circus Dwarf

You wake up in a darkened circus tent, wearing a bright blue and yellow clown costume and a fluffy red wig. There is a dwarf standing over you with bucket of water. … Read more

Mother-in-Law Talk

Your mother-in-law has never liked you very much, so when she comes over and says she “wants to get to know you better,” you are instantly suspicious. You are convinced that that … Read more

Neighbor’s Garden Gnome

One day, you are out in your yard when the next-door neighbor’s garden gnome suddenly walks over and starts telling you about “what is really going on.” Write this scene. Post your … Read more

Who is Operating Your Brain?

Pretend that there is a small man/woman operating the control system of your brain. Write about your day from his/her perspective. How does he/she feel about you? Post your response (500 words … Read more

Hypothetically Speaking

Write a paragraph where every sentence contains at least one five+ syllable word. Begin with “Hypothetically speaking…” Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Dangerous Animal

You are a zookeeper, and one day a shady looking man brings in what he calls an “exotic animal.” This animal is in a wooden box with small air holes on the … Read more

Apologize to Your Conscience

Write a letter apologizing to your conscience. Or reverse it and write a letter where your conscience apologizes to you. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Explain Your Most Bizarre Dream

Use the most ridiculous dream you can remember having and write a story that explains everything that happened in the dream. (i.e. I had a banana costume on because I’d been hired … Read more

Your Favorite Fictional Character

Write an episode where you and your favorite fictional character meet accidentally. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Secret Passage in Library

One day, at your local public library, you are looking around the very back shelves. There is a particularly boring looking book there, but for some reason it catches your interest and … Read more

Something in Your Food

When you are eating out at your favorite restaurant, you find something unexpected in your food. The owner comes over, looking frazzled, and begs, “Please, I can explain!” Write a creative/exciting explanation … Read more

Medieval Torture

You wake up chained to the wall of a medieval torture room. The torture devices are laid out on a table in front of you. Write this scene. Post your response (500 … Read more

Cannibals

You have been captured by cannibals. How do you try to convince them not to eat you? If that fails how do you attempt to get away? Post your response (500 words … Read more

Complaint Letter to Your Darkest Fear

Write a formal complaint letter to your deepest, darkest fear. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Late Night Phone Call

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

Talking Pet

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

A Minor Character from your Favorite Book

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.

Sarcastic Love Poem

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.

An Alliteration Challenge

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

New Holiday

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.

New Shoes

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

A Letter to Future You (6 Months Edition)

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

Game Show Contestant

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

Power Outage

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

New Name, New Identity

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

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