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27 of the most amazingly bad opening lines from #NaNoWriMo

'The man in black fled across the desert, and Harambe followed.'


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Posted on Nov 1, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 4:25 pm CDT

It’s Nov. 1, and that can only mean one thing: After shaking off their candy hangovers, thousands of aspiring authors around the world are going to embark upon National Novel Writing Month, or #NaNoWriMo—an internet-organized exercise in which people challenge themselves to finish a complete draft of some book-length fiction between now and Dec. 1.

What many of those authors realize (and just as many don’t) is that writing a novel is pretty hard; even Faulkner typically needed a six-week bender to crank out something like The Sound and the Fury. First drafts are often bad, so even the manuscripts that go on to be published will need lots of revision. Every year, though, Weird Twitter revels in the knowledge that countless shitty, unsalvageable opening lines will be written on this date, and to that end, they are inspired to offer their own. And they rule.

Here are the hilariously bad openers from novels we’d actually read:

Heartening to know that good literature isn’t dead. Even if it has its critics.

All of the above, Saadia. All of the above.

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*First Published: Nov 1, 2016, 3:33 pm CDT