Pulp Report

I’m following up my recent series on pulp fiction by writing a pulp short-story.  The idea is to let my writing standard go and just pound out a story according to formula — and this is really tough!

The ideas I’m coming up with for the different pieces — the F-H emotion + emotion = ?, the plot segmentation, the character tags — they all fall within the rough parameters of the systems I’ve outlined, but putting it all together into a strongly emotive narrative is not coming easily.  I’ve been writing 500 words a day — page and a half.

I write faster without the formula.

But, I will persever.  It’s this story or me.  Especially no excuse because I’m not holding myself to any standard whatever.

I’m kind-of taking the opportunity to go systematically through the 20 plots in Tobias’s 20 Master Plots and How to Build Them, but the reality is that the first one, the Quest, has been so un-questlike from the beginning I don’t think it’ll be recognizable as such.

Ah, well.  I’ll post a quick F-H-inspired exercise and get back to work.

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  1. Great blog.
    Foster-Harris is an unsung hero. He gives you something specific to apply.
    It may be slower at first using a formula but the reason it was developed in the first place is some pulp writers were writing 10,000+ words a day.


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