Ok so I’m putting my first book together using the Lester Dent/Mike Nielsen method. Who are these guys? Let’s back up a bit in my case study and fill you in.

The term, Pulp Fiction, was around long before the movie of the same name. I’d heard the phrase used but wasn’t sure of what it meant exactly.

I found out that pulp fiction were stories usually involving detective stories, adventure and science fiction. They were written in the first half of the 20th century. They were called pulp fiction because they were published using cheap wood pulp paper.

Mike Nielsen, in his ebook, “Book-A-Day Short Reads“, gets into following one of the famous pulp fiction authors, Lester Dent. Lester made a great living during the depression years of the 1930’s by writing the famous Doc Savage series of books.

Lester really simplified the process of writing and that system is even made easier by Mike Nielsen who has included a simple template in his ebook that you can use to turn out books which are short, easy to write and entertaining.

I’ve always found the process of outlining my story in preparation to writing very difficult. This template makes it easy. In fact, Nielsen says that you should have the outline done in 25 minutes and be ready to start writing.

The basic template outline is broken into 9 simple sections and each section is a chapter. The chapters will be around 750 to a 1000 words each. That gives you a book in the neighborhood of 6000-10,000 words. Perfect for a short read. I’m loving this system.

So as I said at the top, I’m putting my first book together using the Lester Dent/Mike Nielsen method. Before outlining, I have to get a story idea for my Western. This is really easy.

I go over to IMDb and look for Western movies, TV shows, etc. I find many but choose a show called, “The Rifleman”, that ran on TV for 5 years over 50 years ago. I find a good story right away and make a couple of small changes to suit me. Story idea-done!

I’m now ready to put my story into the template. It’s going to take me a little longer than 25 minutes, but that’s fine. Even if it takes me an hour, I like the plot and am really looking forward to getting started on the story. I can see already that I won’t have any trouble writing at least 750 words about each of the 9 points.

By the way, if you want to write romance books using this strategy, he has a section of the “Book-A-Day Short Reads” ebook dedicated to that. It also includes a separate template just for setting up your romance books.

Ok, my 9 points are done and I’m ready to start writing. In my next post, I’ll share with you how my writing is going and also the method I use to write really fast. See you then.

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