Originally Posted by Ralph Sir Edward
Lester Dent often cranked out 60-70 K words (final copy) a month. Pulp writers were known for their output, whether Brand or Dent or Hubbard. When that's how you eat, and the pay is low, you tend to work hard at it, resulting in large outputs.
Amateurs like myself, with no professional aspirations, crank out much less. My 273rd rate posts take 1-3 hours per post. But when it doesn't flow, I don't post. It'd be a lot different if I were eating on my results....
Lester Dent is a personal favourite of mine, not particurly for his fiction, but for the Lester Dent Pulp Fiction Master Plot
. He broke down stories in such a simplistic fashion and the weird thing is the actual plot fits about almost all of commercial fiction, TV and Movies. Broken into 4 acts, it shows exactly how to go about writing a 'yarn' as he calls it. Warning!!!
, you'll probably never read another book, or watch another TV or Movie and not see this plot as applicable after you've read it.