David grew up reading Asimov, Heinlein, Herbert, and pretty much any other science fiction he could get his hands on at his local library. He dreamed of some day writing his own science fiction stories.
Then a well-meaning high school English teacher introduced him to Modernist Literature, and it nearly ruined him. He and his characters became sad and aimless, and nothing exciting ever happened.
Years passed. Would the dream die? Life became more complicated. Now he had a wife, a career, and a son. But then one fateful day he discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs, and before long, the rest of the classic Pulp authors from the early 20th century. Something was different about these stories! He enjoyed reading again!
Now David had a mission: study the old masters, the same ones that Asimov and Heinlein and Herbert learned from, and use their techniques in his own stories.
Did it work? You'll have to see for yourself.