I’m sitting in a cozy mustard chair, laptop in lap, surrounded by stacks and stacks of published books that have all been written using Papyrus Author. In my initial interview, I was told that there was an ever-growing library of Papyrus-user books at the office. But when I arrived on my first day at work, with AirPods still plugged into a head full of excitement and anxiety, I was stunned by the collection.
Seeing these thousands of books commandeering the communal room quickly filled me with another emotion: Admiration.
My favorite people are writers. As a screenwriter, children’s book author, and copywriter, I have always felt at home in the company of wordsmiths.
If I’m not writing, then I’m thinking about writing. If I’m not thinking about writing, then I’m probably talking about it. My personal perpetual-motion machine.
So, as I sit under this striking tower of book spines, I finally feel like I’m right where I need to be.
My name is Chris Brennan, and I am here to help authors and writers.
If you have any questions about a particular literary topic, let me know.
Maybe you are looking for a little ideation or inspiration. Please throw it in this Community forum.
Or if you just aren’t in the mood to tackle Chapter 6 yet, roll into a thread and drop a thought. I’ll be here to pick it up.
But for now, I’d like to kick off my first foray into this forum with a question. And before we start our creative journey together, let’s chat about the other side of writing: reading.
So with that in mind, I’d love to hear what was the last truly stunning piece of literary work that you have encountered?
Something that caused both astonishment and a tinge of jealousy at the same time.
To kick things off, how about I take you through my latest run of books.
For me personally, my reading list always seems to break into four distinct areas:
Film, mystery, history, and basketball.
The moment I closed the book on J.W. Rinzler’s The Making of Aliens, I immediately reached for a smooth Ross MacDonald, Lew Archer mystery, The Underground Man. When that case closed, then my next move was to stretch out and snag Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson (Which was nearly made into an HBO series by The Wire’s very own David Simon!). By that point, my brother had thrown Jackie MacMullan’s Basketball: A Love Story my way.
All completely different pieces of work. All head-shakingly sublime!
I’ve written screenplays, children’s books, blogs, brochures, and even a song. Funny enough, the one thing that I have not hit ‘The End’ on yet is my novel. So when I’m not creating material to help you tell your best story, then I’ll be back in this Community forum, at dusk, taking a crack at crafting my own chapters.
I’ll be seeing you here!