Author Archives: Brian A. Klems

A Letter From Your Favorite Childhood Toy

You open the mail and receive a letter from one of your favorite childhood toys, explaining what the toy has been up to all these years since you have moved on. Some of it comes as a shock to you. What's even more shocking is the reason the toy is contacting you.

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Winners of the 3rd Annual #AprilFools4Writers Contest

First off, thanks to everyone who participated. I had a great time (and I hope you did too). Creative exercises like this are a wonderful way to inspire us--and an easy way to have a little fun. While the winners were selected randomly, it is worth noting that all five had pretty clever contributions,...

The Song That Changed Everything

You walked into the emergency room. This simply couldn't be happening. Just a few hours ago you were playing cards with your friend, listening to your favorite song on the radio—the song that defined your friendship. But now, as you make your way to the nurses' station, that song was playing again. Only this...

St. Patrick’s Day Hangover

You wake up the morning after St. Patrick's Day don't remember much of the evening (thanks to too many green beers). You also notice some discomfort on your forearm. When you roll up your sleeve, you discover a tattoo of a map. Panic sets in as you realize that you now have a tattoo...

Best Friends Need Your Help

You receive a phone call from your two best friends. "Hey, we've done something terribly wrong and need your help. We can't talk about it over the phone. Please meet us at the spot where we made our pact back in high school. You know the place." Nervously, you grab your coat and car...

Not-So-Anonymous Commenter

You’ve been writing a blog for a number of months now without issue, then suddenly you’re confronted with an anonymous commenter who posts unwarranted slams against you. A techie friend helps you use the commenter’s IP address to get the address of this rogue. You head to the house ready to pick a fight—but...

Retirement Party Food Fight

After 40 years at the same job, you are finally ready to retire. Your coworkers throw you a party with cake and ice cream. Everything is going well until the end of the celebration when they ask you to speak. Instead of using this opportunity to thank everyone, you reveal a deep, dark secret...

Getting Your Money Back

You slide your card into the ATM machine and attempt to withdraw cash, only to find that your account is empty. Something is wrong, as just yesterday, you had $5,000 in it. Only one person you know could be responsible for this—and without hesitation, you are off to confront that person and get your...

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Since vs. Because

Are "since" and "because" interchangeable or is there a difference between them? This quick explanation will help you put this hot-button issue to rest once and for all.

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.