Christopher Kwapich is a freelance writer and fiction author. He started his true education at the University of Toledo with a major in Computer Programming and a minor in English. From there, he earned a forest ranger degree From Hocking Technical College (now Hocking college).
What inspires you to write?
A blank page, a white screen or a blinking cursor are the motivation I really need. I have already written dozens stories in my head over the years. It’s only a matter of putting them to pen.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t use outlines. I play out my stories in my head over and over. This sometimes gets me in trouble, as I drift off in thought, seemingly in a daze and oblivious to the reality around me. I have to explain to my wife that I’m not ignoring her, but playing a story, scene or chapter in my mind. It’s a very visual process for me. I need to see the characters–every action and facial expression–before I write it down.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Listen. They guide the story. I’m but a humble wordsmith.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you want to be serious about writing, do it often and never stop learning. There is always room for improvement. Before you start, Google “First time author mistakes” and read the results. Find someone who’ll give you honest, constructive criticism. Grow skin thick enough to take criticism and experience enough to listen to it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Research, research, research. Self-publishing is the best way for me (at the moment, anyway). But if you’re going to self-publish, you can’t be shy about marketing yourself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Print will never fully go away. But I do believe digital publishing will dominate traditional in the near future. It’s the way we tick now.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Mystery, thriller, horror
What formats are your books in?
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