Well, my final paper (the big 60 page one) is about half-way done. I’m at the top of page thirty and I have two major sections and a conclusion to go. The first major section was a little bit longer than I had intended it to be, so one of the sections is going to have to take a bit of a cut (which will be the third major section since I think I allotted a little too much space to it anyway). Having that much of it done is nice, but I’m behind schedule, which means that I need to pick it up some. Hopefully I can get the second major section done tomorrow and Thursday, and finish the third major section some on Thursday and some of Saturday. 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.