Peter Bruce Columnist

Columns are dreadful beasts. Sometimes there’s just nothing to say. In London, on The Times, columnists and restaurant critic Giles Coren has made a feature of the fact that he can’t think of anything to write about. It’s become a podcast he does with his wife, and it even attracts advertising.

I was commissioned to write a book. The publisher paid me an advance. That was years ago. I’ve spent the money and I still can’t write a word. A column I can squeeze out. But that’s 900 words max. A book, eish; 100,000 minimum for something decent on yourself.

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now