Author Archives: Brian A. Klems

Valentine’s Day Secret Admirer

You receive a Valentine's Day card in the mail from a secret admirer. According to the love note, the secret admirer will reveal his or her identity on Valentine's Day at a location mentioned on the card. Oddly enough, this is the same location you are taking your current love interest out on a...

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The 39 Best Blogs for Writers

While rolling through my typical stable of writing blogs this morning, I stumbled upon this great article by Writer's Market editor Robert Lee Brewer (if you don't follow @robertleebrewer on Twitter, you should). Anyway, he put together a great list of 39 Great Writing Blogs that he believes are most worthy of...

The Tooth Fairy is a Thief

The Tooth Fairy visits your house in the middle of the night, only she isn't just taking your children's teeth. What is she stealing from your house and how do you attempt to stop her?

Not Your Average Bar Fight

After getting into an argument with another patron at a local bar, the person challenges you to a fight out back. Because you've never been in a fight before (and don't want this to be your first time), you come up with a more creative way to settle your dispute.

Thank You For Punishing Me

You've been convicted of a crime, but the judge recognizes that this is your first offense. Instead of sending you to jail, he hands down an extremely unusual punishment. What's even more unusual is, after it's over, you come back to thank him. Why?

Reject a Hit: Romeo & Juliet

Let’s step once again into the role of the unconvinced, perhaps even curmudgeonly or fool-hearted editor: What harsh rejection letters might the authors of some of our favorite hits have had to endure? For this special edition of Reject a Hit, WD readers took our online challenge to rebuff Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet—in just...

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What Writers Need to Know About Formatting (FAQs)

When writing your future bestseller you don't want to have to waste too much time wondering if you should be leaving one space or two between sentences or worried that you're committing other style faux pas. Here I’ve collected a writer’s set of FAQs about formatting issues that will help you navigate the basics.

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What Are Your New Year’s Writing Resolutions?

Every year after the ball drops, we make promises to ourselves--to lose weight, to read more fiction, to drink less coffee, to win the lottery, to finally finish writing our novels. But by February we're already back at Starbucks avoiding our novels (and playing on Facebook). It's time we made a pact. Who's with...

Taking Drastic Measures

Around mid-morning one day, you realize that everything that is happening seems really familiar. After much thought you discover that your life has fallen into a terrible rut and now you must take drastic measures to find a way out of it. Write the scene where you make a life-changing decision.

Unexpected Christmas Chatter

It's a few days after Christmas and you received everything you wanted, especially (fill in the blank). But things take an interesting turn when, in the middle of the night, the thing that you wanted, which had been sitting in the corner, starts talking to you.

Happy Holidays from the Writer’s Digest Team

Every year we have a small holiday party, generally held at our art director's house (she likes hosting, plus she lives minutes from our office). We eat lunch, chat about the worst Christmas presents we've ever received, play games and close things down with a White Elephant gift exchange. But the one thing that...