There’s a lot of crap out there in the world. Some people will tell you one thing, some people will tell you something completely different, and other people will tell you a third thing that has no clear connection to the other two. Some people will try to help you, a lot of people will try to take advantage of you, and a few people will try to really, truly screw you over. So… in all of that, how do you make decisions? I read somewhere (and this is a rough number that I’m dredging up from memory) that the average person (if there is such a thing) is exposed to around 80,000 messages per day claiming or implying that they convey some form of truth. On top of that, I recently heard that new studies have shown that about 65% of the messages the average person gives to himself (i.e. introspective thoughts) each day are negative (i.e. I am a failure, I am a loser, etc). That gives you some new appreciation for those guys who talk themselves up in mirrors, doesn’t it? Maybe they’re not losers… maybe they’re just trying to beat the average. Anyway, it’s time for a scene challenge, and for once this ramble actually has something to do with it. 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 an encouraging 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 feeling of strength, success, victory, or confidence. There are parts of David Eddings, Glen Cook, J. R. R. Tolkien, David Drake, and Steven Erikson 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.