About Me

To Make a Long Story Short

I'm a Canadian screenwriter who’s been moonlighting as a ghostwriter for the past few years. At this point, I’ve written a bit of everything, from public speeches to promotional copy, which has made me well-versed in content writing, copywriting, and copy-editing. In terms of my education, I have a B.A. in History with a Minor in Film Studies. However I’ve also completed a number of e-courses, attended seminars, and I’ve rigorously studied a number of topics, mostly to satisfy my own curiosity. I’m also a voracious reader who’s built up a massive e-library, which contains reference books, textbooks, as well as a number of other resources, such as Oscar-winning screenplays, time-tested self-help books, and that one erotic novel (acquired for personal research). In terms of my character, I would say that I’m upbeat, hard-working, and mostly unassuming. I’m also organized to the point where it might be deemed excessive, which is evidenced by the fact that I have lists for most of my lists (I will seek help when it becomes counterproductive). Among my laundry-list of goals is to see a few of my scripts headline opening weekends, but before I get there, I’m really just focused on mastering the craft, writing great stories, and finding my future wife (for the sake of my hypothetical children).

In terms of my hobbies, I spend most of my downtime watching old movies, but I also enjoy reading, running, and of course, writing. On weekends, if I’m not working, you can usually find me at the local Cineplex, but I also frequent at thrift shops, book shops, and the occasional coffee shop (I go there to re-fuel). In terms of my likes, I’m a big fan of thundershowers, snowstorms, and the Christmas holidays. I also get excited by huge discounts and seeing parcels in my mailbox. In terms of my beliefs, I like to consider myself a relativist who believes mostly in the impact of positive traits, which is why I practice self-betterment with the hope of reaching a standard that's best exemplified in Bedford Falls' own George Bailey (I know he's fictitious, but he's still my role model).


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Statement of Purpose


Why I created the website


Originally, it was created simply to validate my ghostwriting services. However, then I expanded it into a personal website, which would allow people to draw accurate conclusions about my abilities, my personality, and my style. Basically I wanted to replicate the experience of meeting at one of those hectic networking mixers, just scaled up to a sizeable degree. In essence, this website is what follows the handshake at a party, giving you an introduction as to who I am and what I do.

What I hope to accomplish


My hope is that this website will give me a visible platform that makes it easier for people to find me, be it a potential employer, a prospective client, or my future wife. Best case scenario, it’ll become a self-fulfilling prophecy, and worst case, it’s just a plot of digital land, allowing me to connect with other like-minded individuals. In any case, I’m also hopeful that others will be able to learn from my efforts, which is why I’ll be documenting all my pursuits within my blog posts.

Why it’s important


I think it’s important because much of what I do is inextricable from who I am, and so I think it’s a great benefit to be able to present myself accurately. The last thing I want is to mislead anyone, so this website will be a good opportunity to give you some insight into my work, my process, and myself, without a single dose of artificiality. Also, in terms of the blog, since most of my content will be informed by diligent research, I really do think it could serve an important role in helping others.

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The Long Story


Where should I start? Well I guess I should start at the beginning, with how I was conceived. You probably think I’m kidding but it’s worth mentioning, because I was actually a Valentines day gift. Now the actual implications of this are up for debate, but in my mind it’s a contributing factor as to why I’ve always had a romanticized outlook, which played an undoubtable role in my desire to become a writer. With that being said, to fully grasp who I am and why I started writing, we probably need to race through the story of my childhood, which is pretty typical.
Although I grew up in a quaint suburban neighborhood, I’ve had the luxury of having one of the greatest cities in my backyard. So naturally I was exposed to sex, crime, and vagrancy at an early age. Actually I avoided most of that. No I didn’t have a particularly damaging childhood. I wasn’t taken away from my family like Charles Foster Kane, nor was I subjected to the decadence of a lavish lifestyle like Harold was, before he met Maude. No for me I was very lucky to have great parents, good friends, and a surplus of toys that helped spark my imagination. As a child, I spent most of my time working in my treehouse, writing stories, collecting rocks. I was also into construction, specifically I liked building forts, which is where I hosted most of my movie nights. During my formative years, like most Canadians, I became involved in a number of sports teams, which became a great source of attraction for the opposite sex. However, in spite of all the attention, movies still remained at the forefront of my interests. In fact, the majority of my dates consisted of us renting movies at the local video store, which was effective in the sense that I got to watch a lot of movies.

In the end, my love for movies is really what led to my passion for screenwriting. It was almost a natural development, which felt more like an inevitability than a conscious decision. When I wrote my first screenplay, I basically just ran the movie inside my head, transcribing whatever I saw, and I thought it was pretty good. However, as I began to study the craft, I started to see how much control a writer has over how his ideas are received, which is really when I fell in love with it. Although I knew the odds, and could see the mountain of work that needed to be put in, at that point I felt like I had crossed the threshold. From then on, I was committed to the path, which became a common theme throughout my educational journey.

As University approached, I spent a lot of time researching which degree would give me the best chance to pursue a career in screenwriting, and from what I gathered, there are two schools of thought on how you could break into the industry. One way, is to build a body of work in the independent arena, which allows you to earn credits and a reputation. This was reiterated by those suggesting a B.A. in screenwriting, which would provide an opportunity to collaborate and network with fellow classmates. Alternatively, you could also try to break in with a spec script, which stems from the idea that a great screenplay will always create opportunities for unknown writers. This notion is usually accompanied by the belief that screenwriting can be learned for free, which is why some suggest pursuing another degree, while studying the craft on your own. Although I could see the value of a screenwriting program, I ultimately decided on the latter option, as I believed the study of history and film would give me the best chance at writing a great script. In the end, this provided me with a number of peripheral benefits, such as the ability to conduct research, the ability to sift through information, and it also gave me a critical eye for film analysis; not to mention the fact that history is littered with countless stories, allusions, and other usable material, all of which have been extremely useful.

On top of all that, I also created my own screenwriting curriculum, which essentially served as my double major. The work itself was broken down into monthly quotas, and it was based in large part off of the curriculums of reputable film schools like USC and UCLA, as well as the recommendations of working screenwriters, who unwittingly served as mentors to me. Although this required a great deal of discipline and sacrifice, it also taught me how to be balanced, structured, and organized, which proved invaluable in life after graduation.

I started my freelance writing business a few years ago, during my final semester at university. You could check out my ghostwriting page to learn all about how it came to fruition, but my intentions were pretty straight forward. Over the years, I saw a lot of relationships get ruined because of miscommunication, both personally and professionally, and so I started out with the intent of wanting to help people communicate their thoughts and ideas properly. At first, I pursued most of my clients through the internet, but at a certain point I decided that I needed to establish a platform where clients could find me rather than me having to find them, which is what led to the creation this website. Although I knew nothing about web-development, I was able to quickly learn just enough to be able build this website from the ground up, without any outside help. As some of you will know, since its inception, the website has undergone a few major overhauls, as it became less of a standalone business, and more of a personal website. However, through all of those changes, Ghosts with Typewriters has remained the pillar that’s been keeping this website up.

Through my ghostwriting service, I obtained a lot of valuable experience. For example, I was able to learn the subtleties of writing for different mediums, the intricacies of collaboration, and also the rigorousness of running your own business. Furthermore, it also gave me a number of benefits. For example, it allowed me to treat writing as a primary occupation. It also allowed me to work from anywhere, which granted me the luxury of being able to travel across Europe. However, most importantly, it also gave me the time and the flexibility to pursue screenwriting with everything that I have, which has really expedited the entire process. Although time will tell where all of this work will take me, in the end, there’s no doubt that ghostwriting will have served its purpose.

At this point, when discussing the craft, I don’t want to say that I’ve ‘mastered it’ because you always have more to learn. However, after running through countless scripts, books, and pretty much everything else I could get my hands on, I feel pretty confident in saying that I understand all the elements that goes into a good screenplay. In most cases you can just feel it, and with enough time, you reach a point of maturity in your writing, where concepts are no longer cognizant, but rather innate principles, driving every decision. When you get to that point, you try to raise the bar with every project, as you compete with yourself to keep improving, and you keep doing this, in pursuit of that perfect script. The one that can’t be ignored. The one that opens doors. I think every screenwriter will tell you that it’s pretty sobering, once you’ve seen the endless stacks of screenplays that are littered across Hollywood. However, if you believe in your projects, and you do things the right way, I truly believe the doors will open. All it takes is talent, persistence, and patience. With that being said, I find it important to remind myself, that regardless of all past accomplishments, with each new project, none of that matters. In the end, all that matters, is what you leave on the page, which is something I take tremendous pride in.

Beyond the page, if there’s one takeaway that you should get from all of this, it’s that I’m really committed to improving in every possible way. No matter what I do, I’ll always try to be better. A better worker, a better friend, a better (future) husband. Simply put, my goal is to be the best version of myself, which will always remain one of my primary aspirations. Although I may not be perfect, I’m working on it.


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I'm currently working as a freelance writer so I'm available to be hired for a number of jobs. Although screenwriting is my preferred medium, I'm really open-minded when it comes to finding work. So if you have something that you think I'd be good at, don't hesitate to send me a message.

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