Scene Challenge of the Week

What do you get when you cross a skunk with a gorilla? Want to know? If so you’ll have to wait till next week for the answer to that witty bit of repartee. For now let’s get on to this week’s scene challenge! You probably know the rules, but here they are for the new people:  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 rules: This week you must write a 300+ word scene using sentences of no more than six words. Again, if you’ve been following the blog, then you’ve done this before. If you do this correctly then you should have at least 50 sentences in your scene. Your cue: ‘Alex dropped the ball. …’

Have fun with this one!

Scene Challenge of the Week

This piece was done by byzantinum, whose work can be found here.
This piece was done by byzantinum, whose work can be found here.

Well, we’re coming quickly to the end of January. Only one more scene challenge after this and we’ll be in February. I don’t know why that matters, I just felt like pointing it out. I’m writing a lot of these posts around the beginning of January, so at this point I honestly don’t know if I ever got pictures of those miniatures up yet or not. I hope I did. They should be off to the painter by now. I would paint them myself, but I… well, lets just say that they are very detailed models and my painting skills are limited by very shaky hands. Anyway, it’s time for another scene challenge, and if you don’t know the rules: 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: Write a scene off of the cue below, but no sentence in your scene may be more than six words long. The scene as a whole should be at least 300 words, so you’re going to wind up with at least 50 sentences. For a lot of writers it’s easy to over-write, and run-on sentences can be a problem. Even if your grammar is strong enough to avoid run-ons in long sentences, writing very brief sentences can be good practice. It might not be your style, but it helps to practice. Your cue: “Salah spat on the ground. …”

Enjoy!