Tag Archives: American writers

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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They Are Leaping Toward A Dream

by Leonard Bishop, Author of Dare To Be A Great Writer As I drive to Manhattan to teach a writing class, I’m thinking about my students. They are beginning to see their own growth as writers. They are amazed. I … Continue reading

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Deadlines….

by Leonard Bishop All unpublished writers, at some time, commit themselves to a foolish decision that ruins their publishing potential. They bring themselves to the threshold of “the deadline.” They decide, “I’ll give myself two years to write a novel. … Continue reading

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“Writing” is a Partial Solution

by Leonard Bishop I’m going to view what I write now, through a long-standing memory. Some will be about myself, some about what I have learned. Until I was 18 years old I was just a street punk who only … Continue reading

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Writers Are “Just People” Too

by Leonard Bishop I am often asked, ” What are the really famous writers really like?” People seem to be fascinated more by the private lives of these writers, than by the works that made them famous. Some writers I … Continue reading

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Aggression, Cynicism and Great Writing

by Leonard Bishop What I intend to say, and how I say it, are not always the same. I received a letter from a Mr. D. of Manhattan. He stated that my attitudes to “being a writer” were aggressive and … Continue reading

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Writer’s Hint: Characterization

From Leonard Bishop, Author of Dare To Be a Great Writer Let characters live in a constant state of “Scream!”  (2/12/98)

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Writer’s Hint: Truth

From Leonard Bishop, Author of Dare To Be a Great Writer The first thing that gets sacrificed in the interest of good writing is the truth (2/26/98) ©Leonard Bishop

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Answers to Writing Questions

by Leonard Bishop, Author of Dare To Be A Great Writer Before addressing myself to letters I have received about questions on writing, I will first state my attitude. I read each letter carefully and regard each letter seriously. I’m … Continue reading

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The Characters Don’t Write The Book

by Leonard Bishop  When speaking before groups who are interested in writing–or a classroom of students–there are two questions I am always asked. Here are the questions, and my answers. “Is the hallmark of a genuine writing talent only when … Continue reading

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