Thanks to the good people at Open Culture, who uploaded this article, I am happy to continue the paper trail and write about this fantastic collection of pulp fiction from the 20th century. Fiction magazines are still well-read to this day, and with clique audiences who know what they like and get it every month or so, finding traditions and style techniques within the works is fairly easy.
When doing creative writing courses, and I've done a few, the tutor always has a lot to say about reading other people's work. Knowing how to structure the story for the publication in mind is actually as important as the plot and the character selection. Readers have habits and they are used to a similar work to the previous ones so authors try to put their original ideas and creations within the context of ready made structures.
So when we're presented with over 11,000 pieces of published literature, in a series of issues spanning decades, finding the particular key points to think about for story writing are there to see. And, if we need it, there of course are several volumes of ingenious story devices and plots which can be taken inspiration from. Seeding the mind with some perhaps forgotten ways of telling a good tale are lurking in the pages.
It's a fantasy and adventure wonderland of quality writing, and I imagine to go through each work would take an avid reader at least a year or more. The hosting site, archive.org is an Alternative Fruit favourite, as they provide free access to millions of media items. Fancy a marathon? Here you go.
Nothing better than swords, witchcraft, and ancient traditions? Learn to write historical fiction.
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