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Wednesday
Sep012010

Norvell Page Gives Advice To Writers

Norvell Page was probably one of the best know pulp fiction writer of the 30's and 40's.  Very recently Katelan V. Foisy had the pleasure of hosting his great niece at her house.  Elizabeth Bissette aka Lonesome Liz had sent Katelan some of Norvell's writing a while back and with that the obsession began.  Included in the book was a piece Norvell wrote on how he writes. This very well be the BEST written article on how to make it in the publishing industry.  You can take a look at it here.

Excerpt:

I begin this way to avoid misunderstandings. This is an article about how a writer-for-money produces manuscripts which sell.

I turn out 100,000 to 120,000 words a month for the "pulps"—magazines (so called because they are printed on "wood pulp" paper). These words—the pulp writer always talks of words—because he's paid on a wordage basis—are written as well as I am able to write them. I try constantly to improve the quality, the forcefulness and the keenness of character interpretation in my stories. I spend twice as much time on rewriting as on writing.

To me, these things and pride in my work are art enough . . .