So… I went to see The Best of Me with my girlfriend today. It was… not a movie that either of us enjoyed. Suffice it to say that The Best of Me is unlikely to bring out the best in anyone, especially the characters involved in the movie. There is a possibility that you will be seeing another post about responsibility in fiction (…you know… like not glorifying adultery…) next Thursday. However, for the moment, it’s time for a scene challenge, and tomorrow you should be able to look forward to another great post from Sam. So, 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.