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Terrible Opening Lines for Imaginary Books

 by Michael Rowe

Tags: Great Writing, Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, GalleyCat, imaginary novels, Novels, Fiction,


Write the worst opening sentence you can imagine for a novel. Then submit it to the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Then win, if, of course, you have achieved sufficient badness.

Author Molly Ringle did just that, by writing:

Why of course there’s a contest for this. You should peruse the work of those who won in other categories, like Mary Ann R. Unger’s victorious Historical Fiction entry:

(Thanks, GalleyCat.)

Source: Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

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