As a college student, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days one-on-one with Clive Cussler at his home in Colorado. He's a very nice guy. He had me go up to his guest room and told me to come down when I had 10 pages of new stuff written.
I went down about 2 hours later. He pulled out a pen and proceeded to hack it to pieces. Then he sent me back upstairs and told me to come back down when I fixed it.
Three days and about twenty pages later, I had learned a lot.