Thursday, July 1, 2010

It was a dark and stormy night. Again.

"The dark, drafty old house was lopsided and decrepit, leaning in on itself, the way an aging possum carrying a very heavy, overcooked drumstick in his mouth might list to one side if he were also favoring a torn Achilles tendon, assuming possums have them."

Ah, yes. The annual Bulwer-Lytton awards for (deliberately) bad opening sentences are upon us. Or, as the Sherlock Holmes entry would have it, “Arm yourself, Watson, there is an evil hand afoot ahead."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Have you read How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark? It's very amusing, but delivers much wisdom, too.