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Has anyone here read any Jack Woodford? Jerry Pournelle gave him some high praise on a tech show I listen to, so I looked him up. Apparently Pournelle, Bradbury, and Heinlein say he kickstarted their careers.

He wrote pulp fiction and screenplays in the 30s, 40s and 50s and a few books on writing, Trial and Error being the most famous. I read Plotting for Every Kind of Writing.

His writing advice is formulaic in the extreme and he presents a cynical view of writing in general. But he's extremely entertaining and informative, regarding writing and cultural history.

Anyone here read his work or have any thoughts on him?

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I've heard quite a bit about his writing and writing advice...but, to my knowledge, I've never read anything he wrote.
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