Viewing: Fiction

The Beauty of Flawed Storytelling

A lot of my favourite books and films feature “flawed” storytelling—whether it’s suddenly ending a story without resolving the central conflict (Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love) or abandoning a protagonist through sudden, off-screen/off-page violence mid-way through (Michel Houellebecq’s The Map and the Territory or the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men). These techniques, if they can be called that, are […] Read more

George Saunders on Writing Well

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of listening to George Saunders talk about the craft of writing or his own creative process. As a recovering screenwriter, I’ve spent years on projects where it seemed like everyone involved wanted to impose rules onto a story, to make it into something that checks all boxes and […] Read more

My Winter 2016 Reads

This past winter—it feels good to say it’s in the past—I dedicated a lot of time to reading magazines and newspapers, but I still kept reading books when possible. Here are a few of the ones I enjoyed over the last few months. Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt I really enjoyed deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers, a book that took a […] Read more

2015 Year in Review

Each year, I post a round-up of the major changes, projects, and milestones in my writing career. As with previous years, 2015 was chock-full of creative development and surprises. Here are a few of them. New Writing I completed a six-month creative writing mentorship through the University of British Columbia, during which I was able to create a “proof-of-concept” […] Read more

My Summer 2015 Reads

It’s been an incredibly busy summer so far. I’ve been working with some great new clients and will be sharing more of my creative work in the future. As always, I still carve out time to read as much as I can and try to stay on top of what’s new in the publishing world. Here […] Read more

Changing Direction in 2015

2014 was a strange and surprising year, both professionally and personally. A few projects that mean the world to me went in – shall we say – unique directions I hadn’t anticipated. And yet, my career as a freelance copywriter has continued to rise well beyond my initial expectations when I arrived in Toronto in […] Read more

My Summer 2014 Reading and Viewing Picks

I’ve been reading a lot of books and seeing some great films lately. Not every one of them is worth recommending, but here are a few of the favourites I’ve come across so far this summer. Stoner by John Williams (1965) has exploded in popularity over the past year, having been branded as a forgotten gem of American […] Read more

Collecting Sentences and Releasing Them Into the Wild

Tumblr just told me I’ve been with them for three years, which is odd because I always forget I have a tumblr. Almost always. I (infrequently) post my favourite sentences written by authors I love on worldentire.tumblr.com. Sometimes when I’m reading a book, a single line will leap out at me because of some unique feature. Maybe it’s alarmingly long […] Read more

Writing in Seclusion is Hard (But Worth It)

I recently spent a week at a sweet mini-cottage near Penetanguishe, ON (my temporary work space pictured here). For the whole time, I sat in front of my computer without the distracting compulsion to be online all the time. Well, the compulsion was totally there but the wifi, alas, was not. The result was a big chunk of […] Read more

A Reminder That Filmmaking Is (Often) Interpretive

Check out this page from Francis Ford Coppola’s notebook during the production of The Godfather. He’s pulling everything he can out of Mario Puzo’s written work and trying to visually represent it on the screen. (Spoiler: He did a pretty good job of that.) via Reddit.com […] Read more

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