I’m a writer, illustrator, and webcomic maker from Toronto. I use this blog and my YouTube channel to document what I learned about writing from both the writing process and from books, TV shows, and films. I also post short fiction, poetry, art, and random thoughts.
For years, I worked on a Long-Suffering Manuscript and made a ton of mistakes. I experimented with odd writing methods, edited my many drafts into bloody, perfection-driven pulps, tweaked and re-tweaked characterizations and eventually suffered a creative burnout of such colossal magnitude that I sought shelter in a foreign county and quit blogging for months before digging out the keyboard again.
Then I had a wakeup call and finally found a writing process that worked for me. A brief timeline:
- 2009: Spent a summer churning out a 77,000 word novel that would later get rejected by literary agents for “lacking a strong voice”.
- 2010: Worked on my writing skills in university by competing in writing and poetry competitions.
- 2011: Realized, after watching Ryan Gosling drown a mobster in a lake in Drive, that neo-noir was my jam.
- 2013: Wrote a YA story for a creative thesis class. This book will become the Long-Suffering Manuscript.
In 2016, I realized I needed to write something that hit closer to home. So I put the Long-Suffering Manuscript on hold and started a more honest story, something that I would want to read. Lots more learnings to come. Thanks for coming on the journey!