Just a quick heads up that there's something new and fun going on, now 'til June 15th, headed up by our very own lmmartin. If you're familiar with the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, you'll know how much fun this can be. If you're not, head on over to the HubPages blog to see how it works. No monetary/material prizes, but that means everyone can enter, regardless of where you live, and the winner will be entered in the official Bulwer-Lytton contest later in 2010.
Nope, just the worst opening line for a story you can think of. If you follow the link to the blog, it has more info, and also a link to the hub with full instructions and the comment capsule to post your entries. There are some really funny ones already up.
here's the funniest line I ever heard,in a movie"Did we fail to mutually nurture each other?" who said that?Clint Eastwood, to his ex-wife(who he did not understand,and attempts to,by reading women's magazines).Funniest line I ever heard in my life.I would marry the marine on the spot. Or,at least ____ him. ha hah hah.
Thank you for informing me, I must say it sounds interesting and can give me a good taste of practice. Thank's again Maddie.
Sounds like fun--I've bookmarked this...;-)
Thank you Immartin and Maddie--a great time was had by all!
This sounds like fun Maddie....worst line...this is going to be bonza..I am in.
I dropped some silliness. It's a great bit of fun - give it a go guys. Just drum up the worst possible start to a story. Like - utter waffle, makes no sense, over flowery, nonsensical
This sounds like my kind of thing, I am definitely gonna have a go
I had not idea that I could be so inane, redundant and trite. What fun...
Thanks, maddie and Immartin!
There are some really funny entries up already... I was just reading through them and giggling. So get on over there and get in on the fun! Remember, each entry must only be one sentence.
Is there any guideline regarding the number words?
No official guideline, but if a sentence runs on tooooooooooooo long it makes it hard to read. The official Bulwer-Lytton contest tells you to try to keep to 60 words or less.
Hmm, this could be scary . . . sounds like the fiction I write.
it was a dark and and stormy night - still waiting for my bus allright!
Sorry, could not resist I am addicted to this phrase, confess!
It was a dark and stormy night and my willy had a fright, goodness me, it's gone white!
it was a dark and stormy night unlike no other, the winds sent a chill down my spine, as I couldn't help but feel that something awry and mysterious would soon change my life forever.
that's how i enter right? just by posting my ideas here in this forum?
it was a dark and stormy night, I was fast asleep in my bed dreaming of better days, until I felt an weary presence that was unlike anything I had felt before.
Hi Steve you go here http://blog.hubpages.com/2010/05/it-was … -hubpages/ and it shows you where to post your entries.
It is the worst of times and even in the best of times I cannot recall having seen worse times than these wherein we cry over a drop of milk spilled on the white kitchen floor even as we scroll down the screen without so much as a glance at the havoc our greed has wrecked upon our poor, blackened planet!
Not without standing could he overcome the fact that he had fallen yet again and it left him wondering how his knees could withstand what his bottom found so unbearable.
The perfect way to spend the morning over a cup of coffee! I'm in!
Worst opening for a story? Can it be any kind of story, like fictional or suspense? Where can i find the details about this? Sorry for my newbie questions because i just started here in hubpages.
It's a great little contest. Do notice, though, that the first part of the Comments section is for your entry. There is a break in the middle with a photo of fireworks or something similar and then the second section of Comments is actually for Comments you might have. That's the way it was the other day -- unless it's changed since then. So if it is still like that, you put your entry in the first area of comments not way down below like I did. I scrolled to the bottom and added my entry there. Don't do that unless you're making a comment.
People look for contest with monetary reward.But this is a nice one.
I've heard that practicing writing poorly is actually a good way to improve your writing.
It's not too late to enter, guys! You've got until June 15th. Even if you don't want to play, there are some hilarious entries, so head on over and read up!
I could not write anything right on a dark and stormy night.
I know, I know, it's an addiction, I need some medication, h-e-e-e-l-p!
Only 5 more days!
If you haven't already, get over and play!
Entries must be in by tomorrow, June 15th!!! Get in while the getting's good!
The Top 10 Finalists have been chosen, and now it's time to cast your vote! Get on over to the Official Dark & Stormy Finalists Hub and pick the worst opening line for yourself. There's quite a cross-section to choose from!
Ooooh! I'm deli--, no, wait, I'm astou--; NO! Dammit! I'm downright chuffed to find my vile verbiage in such great dreadful company. Thanks, guys!
(But y'all should go vote for frogdropping's stormy sentence; it rocks.) (I mean, it blows rocks.) (Or maybe it's just plain rock-solid ROFL.)
And to the HubTeam -- great work! (not that I'm biased).
I might be bad but your 'vile verbiage' takes the cake Teresa.
i just want to say that i thought itakins' ones were a riot! they really made me lol and were very clever besides. if they had a 'hubber's choice', itakins would definitely get my vote
Teresa McGurk and frogdropping are emerging as frontrunners, but it's still anybody's game! Vote!!!
haha....if that is your worst writing then your good stuff must be sublime.
seriously, it had me in stitches!
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