So, I have to admit that I’m really enjoying being in school again. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty sure I failed my first paper (think I said that already), I’m overworked, have no money, and I just spent all day reading philosophy books, but… I just spent all day reading philosophy books. Seriously, exhausting but so much fun! Right now I’m working on Bryan Van Norden’s Virtue Ethics and Consequentialism in Early Chinese Philosophy, Robert Niebuhr’s The Responsible Self, and C.S. Lewis’ The Abolition of Man (I’m hoping to have the last two finished by Friday). It’s fascinating reading, though the first is definitely my favorite of this set. Anyway, you’re here for a writing exercise, and today’s exercise is a scene challenge. If you can’t remember the rules, I’ll provide them: 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: amazingly enough I want you to write a scene about absolute submission. This is going to be a variation of the movie/book scene challenges we’ve done in the past. Choose one of your favorite scenes from a good book or movie about struggle and find a moment of absolute submission in the middle of it. However, instead of simply rewriting the scene, I want you to write a version of what happens that is entirely your own. Your own voice, your own characters, your own setting. Everything should be your own. This isn’t a simple rewrite for practice. I want you to write a scene that reflects the same mood, evokes the same emotions, and handles plot in the same way, but that is still completely your own work.