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Author Archives: Brian A. Klems

Can You Copyright an Idea?

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Learn the copyright rules you need to know to protect your idea from copyright infringement. Read more

What’s in the Barn?

Late at night you awake to find your wife/husband out of bed. Exploring the farmhouse, you find no lights on and the kids are still sound asleep. Past the fields, you see light shining out of the barn. When you walk out there and open the door, what do you find? Read more

How to Make Money Writing for the Web

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There are thousands of online writing opportunities for freelancers, many of which pay well. Follow these best practices, and soon you’ll be turning pixels into paychecks. Read more

Why Did You Do It?

At work, you’ve been getting a post it note on your desk every morning that says, “Why did you do it?” You’ve talked to your boss, the night cleaning crew and your co-workers. No one seems to know who is putting the note there, or why. You decide to work through the night one evening, in hopes of catching the person. Write this scene. Read more

How to Get Your Writing Noticed

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Throughout the year we bundle together several writing resources that focus on something specific—something that could really, really help you forward your writing career. Oh, and we offer the bundle up for a ridiculously discounted price. There is one catch, though: There’s only 100 bundles available, and once they’re gone, they’re gone. This month’s bundle is … Read more

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE 7/19: Join Us in LA (& Meet Agents)!

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Come see many popular authors, including Tim Powers, author of 13 novels, including THE ANUBIS GATES, DECLARE, HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES, and ON STRANGER TIDES (which was adapted for the fourth … Read more

Free Webinar Monday @ 1:00 EDT – Learn How to Write Compelling, Authentic Dialogue

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If you’ve never tried a webinar before or have been hesitant to try because you’re not sure how it works and don’t know whether it’d be a right fit for you, you … Read more

How to Write Better Heroes and Villains: Archetypes

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Knowing character archetypes and their traits is key to decoding what motivates your characters—and bringing them to life for readers. Here are some of the main archetypes. Read more

Twitter Stalker

Your friend recently signed up for twitter and is still getting the hang of it. He says that someone he doesn’t know has been tweeting at him. You tell him it is probably a fake account. Then, he receives a tweet that has a picture of you both, in his house. Then, there’s a knock on the door. What happens next? Read more

Winners of the June “OH BOY” Giveaway

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Thanks to everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, who commented, tweeted and participated in my June contest. Hope you enjoyed the articles about my path to writing and publishing. I also hope they help you on your path to writing and publishing your book. (I plan to write more over the coming months, so stay tuned.) If you missed any of the articles, here they are … and here are the winners of the OH BOY giveaway. Read more

The Wedding Pawn

You are about to get married at the wedding ceremony of your dreams. Absolutely everything has gone perfectly, until the best man says that he pawned the ring a couple of days ago. Write this scene. Read more

How to Craft a Happy Ending

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Whether aspiring to become art or settling into the more modest demands of the police procedural, our stories sober us with this thought: the rules are basically the same, and – when it comes to endings – these rules are rather inflexible. Read more

7 Reasons Writing a Book Makes You a Badass

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I’ve always been a big nerd. But for one shining moment, one GLORIOUS MOMENT, when I finished writing my book, OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL: A Dad’s Survival Guide to Raising Daughters, I felt like a complete and utter badass. Here’s why. Read more

Walled In

You’ve been finishing a brick wall for a room in your friend’s basement for a couple of hours. When you step back, you realize that you and your friend forgot to put in a door. He tells you not to worry about it, he planned it that way. How do you react? Read more

Writing: Is It a Hobby or a Job?

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The question many writers often face when asking themselves about their writing is: Is it a hobby or job? Let’s explore and see if we can put an end to the debate. Read more

The Disappearing Act

You are at a magic show with your family, and your eight year old son is called up on stage as a part of the disappearing act. The magician performs the first part of the act successfully, but is unable to make your son reappear. Read more

5 Ways to Make the Ordinary Menacing in Your Suspense Novel

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Suspense happens when a scene becomes charged with anticipation. It’s the possibility of what might happen that keeps the reader on the edge of her chair. Here’s how to add suspense to everyday scenes that appear in your novel. Read more

Learn How to Write Compelling, Authentic Dialogue – “Voices in Your Head”

In all genres, dialogue is an essential component of successful writing—from essays and short stories to novels and memoirs. No matter how intriguing your story or characters are, dialogue that falls flat … Read more

How to Improve Your Writing: Subplots and Subtext

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Subplots and subtext are two different sub sandwiches on the story menu, and as the chef, you need to grill them up strategically. Read more

Sleep Talking to the Pentagon

As a child, you were prone to night terrors, sleep talking and sleep walking. Now as an adult, you have long since grown out of your old habits. That is, until one night. You awake to find yourself in an unfamiliar place on the phone with a Pentagon official. Read more

Falling from 12,000 Feet

You’ve signed up to go tandem skydiving for the first time. On the plane, your instructor says he isn’t feeling well, but jumps with you anyway. When you jump, he passes out. Write this scene and the stream of conscious thoughts as you fall towards the earth. Read more

4 Things to Consider When Researching Literary Agents

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These tips will help you refine your search and put you in the best position to land the literary agent that is best suited to represent your work. Read more

5 Ways to Develop a Book Idea

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Having an idea and developing that idea into a marketable, publishable book are two different things. I learned this early in the process when trying to decide what kind of book I wanted to write. That’s why I’m offering up these tips that I learned along the way. I hope to save you a few headaches and a little time as you develop your idea. Read more

How I Got “OH BOY” Published – A Series of Articles & Tips on Getting Published

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To celebrate the nationwide release of my book, , over the next couple of weeks I’m going to walk you through the entire process, so you can get an inside peek at how getting a book published works—from idea all the way to publication. I’ll also offer tips and advice to help you along your journey. PLUS, I’m giving away five autographed copies throughout the month of June. Here’s how to win: Read more

A Note from the Past

Playing in the hallway one day, your kids accidentally bump into your grandfather clock, which has been in the family for years. As it smashes into the ground, you find a note hidden inside from your great grandfather, who died two months after you were born. Strangely enough, the note is addressed to you. Read more

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