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Date Tue Aug-28-12 03:41 PM
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Tue Aug-28-12 03:41 PMby Erin_M_H

"It was a dark and stormy night" isn't that bad. Madeleine L'Engle used it quite well in A Wrinkle in Time. However, that's not the full line he wrote.

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents -- except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.
Actually, I don't even mind the full sentence except for that silly parenthetical.

-- Erin

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An excellent short article on bad writing [View all] , zette, Tue Aug-28-12 02:27 AM
  RE: An excellent short article on bad writing, Weird Jim, Aug 28th 2012, #1
RE: An excellent short article on bad writing, Erin_M_H, Aug 28th 2012 #2
      RE: An excellent short article on bad writing, bonniers, Aug 28th 2012, #3
      RE: An excellent short article on bad writing, zette, Aug 28th 2012, #4
           RE: An excellent short article on bad writing, bonniers, Aug 29th 2012, #5
      RE: An excellent short article on bad writing, Weird Jim, Aug 29th 2012, #6
           RE: An excellent short article on bad writing, Linda Adams, Aug 30th 2012, #7
RE: An excellent short article on bad writing, Weird Jim, Aug 30th 2012, #8

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