Well, first of all let me say Happy Birthday to my amazing girlfriend! She isn’t having the best week, so I’m hoping that I can make her feel extra special tomorrow. So, I hope that you’re all having wonderful days as well. I’ve certainly had a productive day. I started into a book of articles on Mengzi yesterday, though the first couple of articles are… technical. I’m pretty sure I could explain the entire etymology and development of the work Xing in Chinese and it implications for Ruism (that’s Confucianisms real name). 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.