Bad Writing. Bad! Bad!

Via Twitter from the much-missed top_book:

The Top 15 Bad Romance Novel Opening Lines

13. “The heaving waves on the vast, ink-black ocean sent a salty spray over the proud bow of the three-masted ship, leaving beads of water on the exposed alabaster skin above the bodice of the tall, raven-haired woman who stood sobbing on the deck, her salty tears mixing with the storm-tossed sea.”

I’m already sea-sick …

It’s an open secret that — at least at one time — many romance novels were written by men under pen names. Men who no doubt had utter contempt for their reading audience.

If you give your readers absolute shit, how can you expect them to recognize non-shit? Like the non-shit these men wanted people — women people — to read.

Thus, self-interest = short-sightedness = self-sabotage.

As usual.

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