Chris Lives in the suburbs of Chicago(where it is a different season every day), Il with his father and a grumpy cat. When he is not writing he is busy working as a math and writing tutor and bike courier. He also likes cooking/eating pizzas and waiting for dubstep tracks to drop.
What do you enjoy about writing?
My characters are like my imaginary friends that I feel an emotional connection to. I enjoy watching them grow and change as my story develops. When something bad happens to one of them it makes me sad and when one triumphs I am happy for him or her. Writing is a cathartic experience for me. Also, because I don't outline my stories before I start writing them I do not know everything that will happen. I find it exciting to find where things will go as the story progresses. Once I have written something I want people to read it. Like cooking, the greatest joy of writing comes from sharing it with other people. It makes me smile when someone tells me that he or she enjoyed reading my story.
What is your writing process?
My writing process starts with daydreaming. I find a quiet place such as the library or the forest preserve to sit and think about possibilities. I do not make a formal outline. Once I have a couple solid ideas I simply start writing. I never write from the beginning to end. I write the scenes as they come to me and then fit all of them together later. My first writing tool is a college ruled notebook with my Pentel Energel fine tip black pen. I can sit in the library at the table on the second floor by the window and write for hours. But with my hectic life I cannot do this as much as I would like to. More often I type a few paragraphs on my phone when I am on lunch break at work or riding the bus. Later I sit down at my computer with some loud dubstep music playing to type anything I have on paper and touch up what I have typed on my phone. With Google docs I can edit one document from any of my devices. Research is another important part of my writing process. It helps me to make my stories seem more real and come up with neat ideas. This involves reading the books from the juvenile section of the library about the setting my story takes place in. The kid's books are best because they contain all the basic information I need in an easily digestible form. Looking at the pictures helps me to visualize things and provides inspiration. After the first draft of my story is written it is then time for revising. This involves printing my story(I have an office laser printer for this), hole punching the pages, and setting them in a 3 ring binder. I then read my story countless times to find typos and any parts of my story that I think should be rewritten.
Published: December 8, 2016.
Fiction » Fantasy » General
Jewel and Kroger never thought of themselves as heroes. However, when the warlock lord sets his machinations into motion the two of them must find the strength inside themselves to make a stand or watch as their homeland is conquered and everything they hold dear is destroyed.