desert-landscape-photo1So… I’m exhausted. After staying up all Saturday night, and then not sleeping well Sunday night we headed up to Alayna’s parents house for some sledding with her family. Part one was stamping down the multiple feet of loose snow into a usable sled trail. I don’t know how many of you have tried walking through knee to hip deep snow before (if you live in the south you probably haven’t), but it isn’t easy. Combine that with working out Sunday, Monday, and yesterday, and then not sleeping well again on Monday night, along with work and 60-100 pages of reading a day and I’m about beat. Still, it’s been a productive weekend/week, and a lot of fun, so that’s good. Anyway, I’ve got a scene challenge for you. 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 realistic scene. I don’t mean a scene that simply ‘could happen,’ but a scene rich with detail and meaning, but at the same time not overdrawn. For instance, if your scene is in a desert, I want to feel hot and start to get thirsty while reading it, I don’t want to learn 101 facts about what the desert is like. 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 rushed. 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.

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