Well, after ten years of owning cellphones with no problems at all (literally never broken one), for the first time ever I sent my phone for a swim in a pool… not as intentionally as that sounds. Well, I needed to get a new cell phone plan anyway, and there are some great no-contract providers out there now. However, I feel bad for the poor sales rep who helped me. It was his first time running the store by himself and he had all the people with all the problems. Literally, it took me about 2 hours to get everything set up and I was probably the easiest customer he had. 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.