Author Archives: Brian A. Klems

When Your Favorite Characters Don’t Get Along

Your parents have thrown you a surprise birthday dinner and have invited your two favorite fictional characters (can be literary, television, movie, etc.). There's only one problem: Turns out, the characters don't get along and, after some mild bickering, they get into a big fight following one particular insult. Write this scene.

Backstage Passes Lead to Adventure

You've been given the opportunity to see any band (dead or alive) at a live concert in your hometown. At the end of the show, you bump into an old high school friend who is working security and offers you (and the friend you brought to the concert) backstage passes. What happens next is...

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The Q: Can You “Read” an Audiobook?

A few months ago, my wife picked up an audiobook from the library (it was Rob Lowe's Stories I Only Tell My Friends, in case you were wondering). I had never listened to an audiobook before, so I thought I'd give it a go. And I fell in love with it. It's the perfect...

Why You Were Late for the Meeting

You're at lunch when your smartphone buzzes with an e-mail from your boss: "Don't forget, we have a meeting in 10 minutes." Of course you did forget, so you rush out of the restaurant and attempt to make it before it starts. But a crazy chain of events stops you from getting back in...

23 Timeless Quotes About Writing

While fad advice in the writing world comes and goes, some wisdom is so novel that it’s withstood the test of time. Culled from 91 years of WD articles, interviews and essays, here are 23 of our favorite writing quotes of enduring advice and inspiration. Enjoy.

Bribing An IRS Agent

There's a knock on the door. It's an IRS agent who has come to your house to audit your taxes. Knowing that you fudged a few numbers on your forms, you decide to attempt to bribe the agent. Much to your surprise, it's working, but things take an peculiar turn when the agent makes...

Secret Passageway

You've just moved into a new house and are fixing it up. In the process of painting you find an odd crack in the wall. As you explore further, you find out it's a secret passageway—and you have no idea where it leads. You decide to grab a flashlight and go exploring.

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...