Well, it’s officially the middle of the week, and that means that it’s time for a scene challenge! I hope that you all are having a wonderful week thus far, and that you’ve been thoroughly productive. I’ve managed to get a lot of reading done so far. I’m still working on Van Nordens Virtue Ethics and Consequentialism in Early Chinese Philosophy, but I finished the other books I was reading and started C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity and soon I’ll be starting Reinhold Niebuhr’s Moral Man and Immoral Society. I have to admit, I’m a little excited about it. I’ve also had a few more thoughts about the story I was writing about last Thursday, but I haven’t really settled on anything concrete yet (I probably should soon though). Anyway, 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.