Here’s a piece I wrote for the CreateSpace blog about Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Lytton is best known for writing the worst opening for a novel ever. You’ve probably heard it and didn’t even know it was bad. It starts off, “It was a dark and stormy night;” I explain why it’s such a bad opening in my post. Here’s a little taste:
I have to be honest with you. I have seen much worse. I’ve most likely written much worse. I’ve studied the debate over this line for some time now, and while the line is hated by many, a lot of people don’t understand why it’s so bad. Lest you think that Bulwer-Lytton was a hack, the man was quite adroit at turning a phrase. He also originated “the pen is mightier than the sword” and “the almighty dollar,” among others. He was a prolific best-selling novelist during his day.
You can read the entire blog post here: The Night Was Stormy…and Dark, Too