How to write a story, pulp style
July 18, 2013 1:07 PM   Subscribe

Specific story-writing method published by a '20s/'30s crime writer?

I'm looking for a short-story writing method that was referenced here before, either on the blue or the green.

It's by a '20s / '30s crime writer. He shows his method of writing a 6,500 word story that, he claimed, had never failed to get him a sale with the pulp mags of the time.

I remember it began with something like, "Start with an unusual method of murder." I think the example was a corpse with a belly full of butterfly larvae.

Another line from it was, "heap more trouble on the protagonist".

Anyway, that's about all I remember, and nothing specific enough to turn up on Google. I definitely read the entire thing (it amounts to a pamphlet) online, so it's out there somewhere.

Appreciate any help!
posted by meadowlark lime to Writing & Language (3 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

Exactly! Thank you, Mr. Hero.
posted by meadowlark lime at 1:14 PM on July 18, 2013

See the links in that post and also the awesome unSane technique
posted by shothotbot at 1:23 PM on July 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

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