Have you ever spent all day tracking down quotes in sources? That’s what I did today. I spent the entire day tracking down quotes that Aquinas uses from Augustine and Aristotle… which reminds me… when the book you’re using cites Aritotle’s Metaphysics Book 7 chapter 2, and you open Aristotle’s Metaphysics to find that it has no book numbers, but instead has Book A, Book B, Book Lambda, Book Pi, Book Theta, Etc… and that all of them have a second chapter… and counting them doesn’t work because the second chapter of the seventh book on the list has nothing to do with the quote you’re looking for… it is possible that screaming ensues… Anyway, I have a scene challenge for you and 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.