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Thursday, July 17, 2003

Lyttle Lytton Is Back

I have been re-reading It Was A Dark And Stomy Night at work this week, a collection of the entries in the annual Bulwer-Lytton contest where writers must submit the first sentence of a bad novel never written. And as I was reading, I was reminded of the Lyttle Lytton contest in which entrants were challenged to craft a sentence of less than 25 words as the first line of a novel not yet written. Ah, the joy of the well cast sentence - or the opposite, the joy of a poorly cast pun. Take a bit and read the entries for 2000, 2001 as well. Brevity makes for better jokes. Readerville does something similar in their forum about books that never were.