Monthly Archives: May 2016

Conquer your fear of the empty screen

I work freelance, so I often ask clients to write LinkedIn recommendations for me. Recently I asked a client to do this. He agreed. When nothing appeared after six weeks, I gently reminded him. He apologized and then said something that surprised me. “I have a terrible time with writing,” he said. “I never know… Read More »

Let us now praise William Tyndale

All great writers wield influence, although it may decades or centuries to fully measure the scale and scope of that influence. Hemingway’s short stories and novels took a streamlined journalistic style and made it into a still dominant North American literary style. With Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger invented post-war young adult fiction. James… Read More »

How much is a writer worth?

Writers have an odd and sometimes disturbing relationship with money. I once described to a creative writing friend some ideas I had for novels set in the world of business and money. (Did you know, for example, that every year in Canada there is a least one prosecution of a Madoff-style Ponzi scheme – usually… Read More »