Vicki wins dishonourable mention in bad intro writing
VICKI Nunn has gained international acclaim as a bad writer, and she's as proud as punch about it.
Vicki entered the competition, open to writers from around the world, looking for the worst opening sentence to a novel. Her effort was so bad (or is that good?) that she recently received a "dishonorable mention'' in the children's literature category.
The part-time author entered the international competition, The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, earlier in the year after a friend, "who knew it would appeal to my warped sense of humour'', told Vicki about it.
Vicki took on the challenge of writing a bad sentence that was interesting to read, humorous and "very, very bad, preferably torturous to the reader''. The result was as follows.
'What are you doing in my bedroom at this time of night, Ernie, and why are you grinning at me with those sharp teeth and how come you've been spending so much time with the Count lately, and why has Big Bird disappeared, and you should really do something about that breath, or my name isn't Bert the muppet.'
And this was a challenge. Vicki said while writing a bad sentence might be easy, making it interesting and funny wasn't.
Another Australian Shelby Leung won the category, followed by a runner-up and Vicki was one of three dishonourable mentions.
The overall winner of all the categories received US$250 leaving the others to gain dubious fame.
Vicki recently started writing her own books including four children's books and she is editing an adult's novel although she is still looking for a publisher.
In line with her weekly Rhema FM radio program Nunnsense, filled with trivia and unusual stories, she is also writing a collection of kooky and creepy short stories.
Links to her writing can be found on www.nunnsense.net.