Jeff Burgar

So what does a writer like myself do for a holiday?

What do I do after after a steady stream of newspaper copy, week after week, month after month, and year after year?

What do I do for a break?

Well, as most authors will tell you, we mostly keep on writing!


Of course, this is in between those stints of poking at the keyboard for hard cash.

So, we watch television or internet news to pick up an idea or two.

Plus of course, much pacing or staring moodily out the window, a technique I read about in an author’s workshop book.

This holiday from work, the pacing and staring, was interrupted.

I know this because my trusty Libre writing program told me.

There before me, on screen in black and white, was my last effort at the Great Canadian Novel.

Before I say more, let me tell you I have probably close to 50 such “efforts.”

I actually sort of maybe finished one of them once upon a time.

75,000 characters it measures.

To compare, this column measures about 2,900 characters.

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