Let’s see… It’s Wednesday again, right? That means it’s time for another scene challenge… which means that I have to come up with a cue and some rules… man, keeping this blog running can be a lot of work sometimes (that was a joke, if you didn’t catch it… although not untrue). Okay, if you don’t know the rules, here you go: I provide you with specific rules for how to write a particular scene. Try to keep your scene under five hundred words, and try to keep it in the same tone as the introduction. If I give a line that is very dark and depressing, then I don’t want to see a scene about a drunken monkey in a tutu…it just doesn’t fit. If I do give you a line about a drunken monkey in a tutu, then you should probably try for a funny scene.
Your challenge: Pick a favorite scene out of a novel that you like. Your challenge today is to rewrite this scene in your own style and voice. Obviously the essential nature of the scene and the character’s should stay the same, but the presentation of the scene should reflect your style of writing, rather than that of the original author. This can be challenging because we often tend to model our writing after authors that we like, instead of finding a voice of our own. After about a decade of writing this is something that I still struggle with sometimes, so this kind of exercise can make for excellent practice.