I hate being sick. For some reason whatever we got is hitting me much hard than it hit Alayna. She had the sniffles, and I’ve been knocked flat… like ‘can barely get out of bed in the morning and make my way to the recliner’ knocked flat. It’s got to be frustrating for her that I’m so useless at the moment, especially when she has to work. Hopefully I’ll be better soon and can start picking up my share around here. 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 exhausting 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 just makes you feel tired. 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.