Well, we’re coming quickly to the end of January. Only one more scene challenge after this and we’ll be in February. I don’t know why that matters, I just felt like pointing it out. I’m writing a lot of these posts around the beginning of January, so at this point I honestly don’t know if I ever got pictures of those miniatures up yet or not. I hope I did. They should be off to the painter by now. I would paint them myself, but I… well, lets just say that they are very detailed models and my painting skills are limited by very shaky hands. Anyway, it’s time for another scene challenge, and if you don’t know the rules: 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: Write a scene off of the cue below, but no sentence in your scene may be more than six words long. The scene as a whole should be at least 300 words, so you’re going to wind up with at least 50 sentences. For a lot of writers it’s easy to over-write, and run-on sentences can be a problem. Even if your grammar is strong enough to avoid run-ons in long sentences, writing very brief sentences can be good practice. It might not be your style, but it helps to practice. Your cue: “Salah spat on the ground. …”