Category Archives: writing a novel

Who Will Cast The First Stone?

by Leonard Bishop This is an apology to many easily forgettable best-selling writers. Some not exceptionally enlightened college students taught me a lesson I was needing to learn for years. About how to be critical of other writers. While my … Continue reading

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I Will Not Be Had

by Leonard Bishop   Once I received a phone call from an editor on the staff of the writer’s Digest books. They were publishing my first non-fiction book on the craft of writing Dare to be a Great Writer. The … Continue reading

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Writers Beware of Editors

by Leonard Bishop Writers do not get their novels published by writing for people. Long before the public reads what is written, it must be passed through the stratified structure of book-publishing editors. Writers should not struggle to understand the … Continue reading

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Learning to Write Sex Scenes

by Leonard Bishop Be careful how many sex scenes you use in the novel, and the type of sex scenes you allow the characters to experience. Limiting contemporary writers to two or three lusty graphic sex scenes is not censorship … Continue reading

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Learning to Write Dialogue

by Leonard Bishop One of the most important devices a writer uses is dialogue. Writing a novel without a plentiful amount of dialogue is like trying to create a gourmet omelet with yokeless eggs. To the reader, dialogue is just … Continue reading

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Is Data Fact?

by Leonard Bishop People ask writers, “Where’d you get all the information you use?” The obvious response is, “Research.” The question to ask the writer is: “What do you do with all the information you gain from research and never … Continue reading

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Open Fast and Stay Critical

 by Leonard Bishop If the writer doesn’t write for his own Time, she is not ahead of her time, she is way behind. In this era the opening of the novel is the most important chapter that is written. Characters … Continue reading

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