Daily Archives: January 14, 2010

Writing Challenge: Write Your Own Crappy Novel

“It was a dark and stormy night . . . ” You know the rest,* or maybe you don’t. What you probably know is this is the beginning of what is hailed as one of the worst beginning lines in history. In honor of our posts this week and to recognize a long held tradition of writing badly, today we are going to get over ourselves by writing crap.
And then we are going to let the whole world read it.
The rules: Write your very worst first line to a YA dystopian novel.
Make it bad.
Really bad.
So bad it’s good.
Then post it.

Good luck.

*”It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.” Paul Clifford by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton


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