I’m working out. Actually, Alayna and I joined a gym and I had an orientation today with a trainer who helped me set up an exercise plan that focuses on a combined weight and aerobic approach. I actually think its going to go pretty well, and hopefully it will help me build some good exercise habits that I can take into a Ph.D. Program with me (thus far I’ve been able to keep my workouts either fairly short and intense, or something that I can do while reading). So, that’s been exciting. 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: I want you to write a scene using sentences of six words or less. The goal of this exercise is to develop a comfort with short, staccato bursts that get straight to the point. This isn’t a style that everyone uses, though some rather well known authors have, but it can be as helpful to have in your repertoire as the long, florid style that we practice using the 150 word sentence challenges. So, your scene should be at least 300 words, preferably somewhat longer, and it should be entirely of sentences that are six words or less. Here’s you’re prompt: “Where?” Michael said. “I don’t see it!…”