Well, I hope that everyone’s having a good week thus far. I have my last class today, and my last of meeting for the semester tomorrow. Then on Monday I get to start my reading for next Semester with Peter Kreeft’s Summa of the Summa. I’ve got to admit that I’m excited about some of the reading that I’m going to be doing this coming semester. Lots of early church and medieval moral theology, and some Western and Confucian philosophy as well. 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: I want you to write a scene about pure terror. 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 that evokes psychological or spiritual fear. I don’t mean a movie that makes you jump. I mean a movie like Apt Pupil that has you keeping a closer eye on your neighbors for the rest of the week. In that movie, find a moment of pure terror. 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.