Donnie_Darko_posterI have what might kindly be called a… twisted sense of humor. It’s also been referred to as morbid, disturbed, and slightly insane. I’m going to blame it on years of martial arts… it changes a person’s view of pain. Anyway, I don’t really say this for any particular reason, except that humor is involved in this week’s 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 of dark comedy. 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 a morbid sense of humor. Something like Donnie Darko or Drag Me to Hell are appropriate movies to describe what I’m talking about. 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.

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