Welcome to life, everyone. If you haven’t figured it out yet, sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes it sucks, and sometimes it just makes you want to die. When it does, don’t give up. I know you want to, and I know it seems easier. Heck, it probably is easier, right now. Of course, in ten years you might feel differently, but for right now, you’re right, its probably easier. I get that. Now get up, brush your teeth, and do what needs doing. Then figure out what you have to be thankful for, and thank God for it, even if you don’t feel like it. Heck, thank God for it even if you don’t believe in him. It’s not like its going to hurt you. 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.


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