Thursday, December 27, 2007

got an opening line?

The lawyers and law professors who read this blog are interested in legal writing in particular and good writing generally, and tend to be good writers themselves.  It takes a good writer to parody bad prose well.  So perhaps some of you will be interested in submitting entries to the Bulwer-Lytton Writing Contest.  Bulwer was the author who first penned, "It was a dark and stormy night."  And this contest awards prizes to the worst potential opening lines for a novel.  This is the kind of writing you could accomplish by mulling over possibilities in your mind, say, while stuck at the airport or waiting in a long check-out line at the store.

hat tip:  Professor Laurence Gillis


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