Well, as Paul pointed out yesterday, NaNoWriMo is coming up in November! I won’t be participating for a couple of reasons: 1) I don’t write that fast on a good month and 2) I have no time to write. However, if it makes anyone feel better, I will have written about 260-300 pages worth of papers this semester. I am actually hoping to publish one of the papers that I’m writing, we’ll see if that happens. I do encourage all of you to challenge yourselves. If you have the time and the gumption, take on NaNoWriMo. Your result might be unfinished, you might quit half way through, you might wind up with trash, or you might write something great. However, unless you make a serious attempt, you’ll never know. Anyway, I imagine that you’re here for your scene challenge. If you don’t know the rules: 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: Go troll the web (preferably with a friend). Find something that strikes you as interesting and try to write a scene of at least 300 words describing the situation, scenario, scene, whatever. This could take multiple formats. For instance, you could write as though you were the one doing whatever you found. You could write from the perspective of a fictional character reading the story that you read. You could even write the scene as though it was an article or an incident report. The form is entirely up to you. When you’ve both finished your scenes, trade and read what the other person wrote. How did your perspective and personality affect the scene that you wrote? What did each of you focus on? What details are present in both stories, and what details are unique to each? Consider your particular viewpoints, attitudes, beliefs, and emotional connections. How did each of this affect your scene?