I found an interesting piece by writer XJ Selman (who writes on Cracked) and writes with real passion on the subject of writing to a set pattern, Michael Moorcock and pulp. This treads similar ground to a piece I wrote a couple of months ago: Doc Savage – what can we learn from 181 pulp magazines?
In his post XJ derides the whole approach and while I admire his passion and style I do wonder if he is conflating (mixing together) several different points. In terms of his piece I am currently exploring being the kind of writer he has little time for but I think that’s fine. Why not read his piece: The Dangers of Formulas, Pulp Fiction and the Pressures of Self-Publishing. I’d be interested in any thoughts particularly if you are a self-publisher or are about to be!