At the moment I am reading a massive amount about Thomas Aquinas and his version of natural law theory… and about natural law theory in general… and Plato’s Republic. Alayna and I are also starting our marriage counseling soon, so there will be more reading involved for that. Honestly… it’s a good thing that I like to read. Fortunately, the vast majority of what I’m reading is pretty interesting, and a lot of it is on subjects that I’ve had relatively little exposure to in the past (such as the philosophy of law). Learning is good… that’s what I keep telling myself. Anyway, it’s time for 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 of light, witty action. 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. If you’ve ever read R.A. Salvatore’s Spearwielder trilogy then you’ll have a good idea of the kind of tone and feel that 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.