October 2014 Issue
Free Writing Downloads
Workshops Starting September 25th
- NEW CLASS: How to Create, Market, & Sell Your eBook
- Blogging 101
- Form and Composition
- The Art of Storytelling 101
- Fundamentals of Writing for Children 101: Picture Books
- Writing the Memoir 101
- Build Your Novel Scene by Scene
- Essentials of Technical Writing
- Fitting Writing into Your Life
- Writing the Young Adult Novel
- Essentials of Romance Writing
Workshops Starting October 2nd
- NEW CLASS: How to Create, Market, & Sell Your eBook
Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Hurry—submit your short story by October 15!
Submit your best short stories in the Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Crime, Horror or Science Fiction genres for a chance at the Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize of $2,500 cash and a trip to the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference!
Enter as many stories as you like in multiple genres, but all entries must be fewer than 4,000 words. Don’t delay—this could be your winning year!
Author Archives: Brian A. Klems
You always look out the dark windows and wonder if something is out there. One night when you look, a small face with bright eyes appears at the window. Write about what … Read more
Finish this sentence: The best part about writing fiction is … Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
Create a new human-esque race and describe it as thoroughly as possible. Be sure to describe appearance, culture, values, beliefs, etc. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
What if George Washington were running for president today? Write several Twitter tweets of 140 characters or fewer from his point of view. They can be serious about issues, humorous about his … Read more
You were out running in the woods when you fell down and hit your head. You wake up to find yourself in a dark hole, surrounding by small woodland creatures who are … Read more
Pick an event from your childhood that you wish would have gone differently. Write it as though it had happened ideally. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
It’s Groundhog Day. Just as the groundhog comes up to decide whether or not winter is over, he keels over. You’ve been charged to write a nice news article/obituary paying tribute to … Read more
Take the first line of your favorite song and write a story using it as the first line. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Write an episode where you and your favorite fictional character meet accidentally. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.
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
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
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