Tag Archives: surviving as a writer

We Always Do Our Best

by Leonard Bishop I can understand why people who write newspaper columns get tired of their usual readers and hope to gain others. Persistent readers take the columnist too seriously. They begin to believe they know the writer and thus … Continue reading

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Modesty: Bah, Humbug!

by Leonard Bishop When you finish reading this paragraph you will be convinced that I am one of the few absolutely nice guys you have ever read about. For long time now I have wondered why people like me. Although … Continue reading

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Writers Need Each Other

by Leonard Bishop, Author of Dare to Be a Great Writer Many writers are shriveling. They are alone, and isolated from each other. No one really cares if they are ever published and many of their families wish they would … 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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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by Leonard Bishop All unpublished writers, at some time, commit themselves to a foolish decision that ruins their publishing potential.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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Step Right Up; Get Your Ticket!

  by Leonard Bishop My career and life are ruined and I am in a desperate search–all because of the short story I could not write. The plot was too complicated, the characters were too complex, the meaning too deep … 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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Even The Greats Wrote Some Trash

by Leonard Bishop This is a true story–written to enlighten the general reading public who believe that great writers are born great writers; and to encourage despairing writers who see no hope in their ambitions. In 1953 my publisher insisted … Continue reading

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We Grow Through Time

by Leonard Bishop I enjoy remembering, but I do not believe in photograph albums. They are bulky, and troublesome to maintain. There are always stacks of pictures in the drawer, waiting to be placed on the pages. Years ago I … Continue reading

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