The_Firm_GrishamWell, first I want to apologize for missing the story challenge on Monday. I moved up to be closer to Alayna this past weekend, and I wasn’t able to set up my internet until yesterday morning. That being said, I have to say that Alayna was amazing during the move. We wound up packing up a 15-foot Uhaul mostly by ourselves, and a significant amount of the space in that Uhaul was taken up by my books… I have a lot of books. Alayna surprised me by hauling out 4 big totes full of books by herself when I thought that she was taking a break. The things were hard for me to lift and I’m still kind of amazed that Alayna got them all out to the Uhaul on her own. 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.

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