Test Day! So, I’m going to keep this short and sweet. 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 an intellectual scene scene. This should be a scene that not only makes me feel like your characters are smart, but a scene that actually makes me think. You should focus on developing a scene that makes it clear that you’ve spent time reading Michio Kaku, Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, or Alvin Plantinga. This is going to be similar to a rewriting challenge, and thus I want you to find something that evokes this kind of feeling (something out of A Beautiful Mind might work) that can inspire you. However, instead of simply rewriting the scene, I want you to write a scene of your own that evokes the same feeling. 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 a similar way, but that is still completely your own work.