It’s the middle of the week, and I hope all of you are having a fairly good week so far, but this is often a fairly difficult day. Nonetheless, I’m here to brighten your day with an exciting writing exercise that will, hopefully, get your creative juices flowing! So, put on your thinking caps, shoes, jacket, pipe, or whatever other lucky charm you use to get yourself in the writing mood and let’s see what we can do! Today is your scene challenge, and you all should know the rules, but just in case: 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: Choose one of your favorite scenes from a novel. After reading the scene a couple of times, rewrite it in your own style and voice. The characters and basic elements of the scene should remain the same, but the way it is written should reflect your voice and style of writing, rather than the original author’s. This can be very challenging, so don’t be too disappointed if you need a few tries to go it well.