Yay for politics! Aren’t you all super-psyched about the upcoming elections? No?… Really? You can’t stand the endless commercials, the arrogance of both sides, or the blatant lies that both sides then parse into something that is, in some way, beneficial for them? Good. I can’t stand it either. However, I do hope that all of you are actually paying attention to the candidates and figuring out who, if anyone, you actually want in office. While I’m not going to tell you that it is your moral obligation or your responsibility to vote (honestly, I think that there is an important place for conscientious abstainers), I am going to tell you that it is your responsibility to know whether there’s anyone that you want to vote for, and if so, who. 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 comforting scene. 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 sense of warmth, peace, calm, or comfort. There are parts of Lars Walker, Stephen Lawhead, and David Eddings that are very effective at this. 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.