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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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Writers Need Security, Freedom

by Leonard Bishop, Author of Dare to Be A Great Writer   Physical cowards are always sensitive to immediate danger. It is now dangerous to teach writing in San Francisco and Berkeley. For the first time in my many years … Continue reading

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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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One Novel In The Life of a Writer’s Desk

by Leonard Bishop About 20 years ago, Boston University approached me with an offer to establish a  “Leonard Bishop collection.” It would be placed among the other writers, artists, stage and screen  performers  they considered distinguished enough to be exhibited. … Continue reading

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Outlines: Mapquest for novelists, or soul-killing, oxygen-sucking waste of time?

Outlines: Mapquest for novelists, or soul-killing, oxygen-sucking waste of time?. (A great glimpse into how Leonard Bishop keeps affecting the lives of writers! )

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Writers, Farmers: Two of a Kind

  By Leonard Bishop      I see the splendor of wheat fields sprawled throughout Kansas and I am stunned with wonder. I drive along the flat roads between cities and the green crops flow like an ocean beginning to fill … Continue reading

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Writer’s Hint: Keeping the Readers Interested

From Leonard Bishop, Author of Dare To Be a Great Writer A reader’s interest is captured by what you tell them, not by what you promise to tell them.  (11/5/98)

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Writer’s Hint: How to Survive While Waiting to be A Professional Writer

From Leonard Bishop, Author of Dare to Be a Great Writer If you feel like a failure, go back into your past and find a time of accomplishment for something you once thought impossible. Change the “inner editor”  (Instead of … Continue reading

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