Sometimes messing with people is fun. Don’t get me wrong, it’s easy to take it too far, even without realizing it or intending to, but it is still a lot of fun sometimes. I say this because, at the moment, I am in the middle of messing with someone, and I am enjoying it immensely, though I do need to be careful not to carry it too far. I also finished my last book this week, and yesterday I edited my big paper for the semester. So, all in all, I’m fairly happy with myself. Today I start studying for my last final of the year, and then I’ve got two more papers to write and I’m finished. Of course… then I get to turn around and start packing, because I’m moving on the 31st of May. 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.