iOS app Android app

Bad Writing

6 Terrible Sex Scenes Written By Politicians And Pundits

Posted 08.06.2013 | Books

Taken from Wretched Writing: A Compendium of Crimes Against the English Language by Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras (Perigee, $15) Let us briefly a...

The Worst Sentence Of 2012?

Posted 08.13.2012 | Books

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest 2012 is the latest in an annual series of competitions to find the worst-possible opening sentence to a novel. T...

No Thank's, Thats Not Write!!!!!!!

Carine Fabius | Posted 05.14.2012 | Home
Carine Fabius

Some of the world's greatest authors couldn't spell, and would still be banging their heads against that cabinet full of unpublished manuscripts if not for their life-saving editor.

The Best Of Bad Writing Awards

Posted 09.26.2011 | Comedy

Too bad you can only win this if your book isn't real; otherwise, Snooki would have been a no-brainer. If you haven't heard of the Bulwer-Lytton Fi...

PHOTOS: Cliches You Wish Were Banned From Use

Posted 09.17.2011 | Books

Wake up and smell the coffee. Stop and smell the roses. The grass is always greener on the other side. We've all heard them a million times, and t...

Philip K. Dick Needed A Co-Author

The Guardian | Darragh McManus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Dick took outlandish, almost inconceivable ideas and worked them through, making them real and plausible through the strictures and structures of a fo...

The Making of a Novel: Inspired by Bad Writing

Jennie Nash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennie Nash

A student asked me the other day if I ever come across writing that is so good it makes me want to put down my pen. I laughed, because this happens to...

The Worst Sentence of 2010

Galley Cat | Jason Boog on Jul 01, 2010 10:23 AM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Author Molly Ringle has won the 2010 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, writing the world's worst opening sentence to an imaginary novel....

Bad Writing: What Is It Good For? | Andrew Leonard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

One of the less trumpeted features of the Internet is the unprecedented access it provides to really, really bad writing. Of course, awful books have ...

NY Times Book Review Offers Brutal Starvation Diet

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Gerald Sindell

Can someone tell me why the N.Y. Times is reviewing a book that's been out for more than a month, already reviewed in the paper, and is already on the Times bestseller list?

Dan Brown's 20 Worst Sentences

Telegraph | Tom Chivers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Lost Symbol, the latest novel by The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown, has gone on sale. We pick 20 of the clumsiest phrases from it and from his ea...