I love eavesdropping. Listening to little snippets of other people’s conversations. Sometimes it’s just life as usual, but other times you hear something really, truly interesting. I’m a nosy person by nature. I want to know everything, and I don’t think I’ve ever been bothered by someone asking a personal question. Honestly, if I don’t want to answer a question, I’m just going to tell you that I don’t feel like talking about it. I can’t say that I’ve ever really understood people who get upset over questions. The response ‘How could you ask that?’ generally gets the answer ‘Because I wanted to know…’. Admittedly, this has nothing to do with your challenge today. 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.