A Quick Two-Minute Bio of Lester Dent:
One Observation in Regards to Mister Dent's Formula
Lester Dent says:
This is one opinion. It is opinion of one who believes in formula and mechanical construction, for a pulp yarn. It is opinion of one believing:Stating that Pulp fiction is inherently formulaic is about as radical and unexpected as admitting that
1—Majority of pulps are formula.
2—Most editors who say don’t want formula don’t know what they are talking about.
3—Some eds won’t buy anything but formula
Formulas are tools. Not excuses. No one wants to see the scaffolding Michelangelo used in painting the Sistine Chapel, they want to see the final product of the process. Same with your writing, your adventure design, whatever. Dent gives you a marvellous structure/scaffolding with which to paint your own stories using tried and true techniques that he knew to work and work very well. Why not give it a shot?