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Author Archives: Brian A. Klems

A Broken (Deadly) Resolution

Only two weeks into the New Year had passed and Tim had already broken his first resolution: Don’t kill anyone. Write this scene. Post your response (500 words or less) in the … Read more

Snow Day

Write about a day during your elementary school years where school was cancelled due to snow. Remember waking up to the “good” news? How you filled your newfound free time? Post your … Read more

Your 2011 Resolutions

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2011? Post them here and then at the end of the year, I’ll feature this in the newsletter and ask you to check in to … Read more

Rewriting Rudolph

Rewrite the story of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” from the point of view of Vixen (or any one of the other reindeer, such as Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer). … Read more

Magic Poem

Write a made-up magic spell, including ingredients, chants, and actions. Now, turn it into a poem. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

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.

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