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Date: 07-01-2024
Word Limit: 1500
Words Written: 4,482

Judges (crits):
Chernobyl Princess
Week Archivist:
a friendly penguin

As some of you may be aware, the Lyttle Lytton contest just released its winners list for 2024. This goal of this contest is to create terrible first sentences for theoretical novels, which of course means it's ideal for writing prompts. I've run three weeks about this in the past -- 282,, 337,, and 491 -- and now it's time for a fourth, since you bastards decided to give me the throne during an MMO release week, so you're getting what you get.

The prompt is simple: pick a Lyttle Lytton sentence, and use it as the first sentence of your story, which you should try to make good; this is not a bad-prose week. This must be the real first sentence, so avoid cute tricks like having it be a sentence from a bad novel your protagonist is reading. Choose it and run with it. Since I last ran this in December 2021, I will ask you to select from the 2022, 2023, and 2024 lists, which are all fresh and unused for TD. If you must use something pre-2022, you can do so with a :toxx:, and if you choose a sentence someone used previously, be aware that I will factor that into your judging. (You probably don't want to pick the Anagramancer one. You're not gonna beat the champ there.)

Post your sentence when you sign up. Duplicates allowed, I ain't the cops.

Standard rules apply: no erotica, fanfiction, political screeds, etc. (If you pick a sentence that is erotic, fanfictional, or politically screedy... well, maybe don't? But if you do, it is not a free pass.) No Google Docs, quote tags, or other archive-breaking formatting.

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