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Coffin Nails

by Leonard Bishop Our personalities are a collection of attitudes and affectations. We keep our true selves so deeply and continually hidden that we forget what we are genuinely like– and believe that we are what we pretend to be. … Continue reading

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Doctor Students

          by Leonard Bishop The only unpleasant experience I have had as a writing instructor was when there were medical doctors in the class. The subjects they wrote about were usually terrifying. X-ray radiation and hereditary alteration, rheumatoid arthritis, cystic … Continue reading

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Never Surrender Your Talent

by Leonard Bishop There is no comfort in carrying around long-held regrets for expectations and goals that were never filled. Regrets are like all-season mosquitoes that sting you into the recall of what you once might have done. Most of … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day is a May Day

by Leonard Bishop I believe Mother’s Day is a maudlin time, and phony. A celebration of money-spending sponsored by greedy business people. If we don’t offer our women esteem all the days we are with them, then a battery of … 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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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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