You know that's how these were actually written, right? Edward
Stratemeyer and his factory/warehouses full of typists following the
exact same outline, substituting details and names. It worked for
his other creations, like Hardy Boys and Bobbsey Twins. There's been
some books written about him and his process. He created hundreds of
series, and within each series was its own pattern.
(Of course, the rumor is that Harlequin used to work this way
too, sending out Mad-Lib like “outlines” that required the
“writer” to just insert new names and synonyms to create each book
with the same sensibility!)
a comment about The lost
outlines of “Carolyn” “Keene”
It's not like the thought of doing
something like this hadn't crossed my mind.
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