Paul TN Chapman: In His Own Words

Paul Chapman

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Author Paul TN Chapman is a prolific writer with numerous articles on his robust website and three books currently found on Amazon, soon to be four. Chapman spent almost three decades working in the social service. He gained writing experience and honed a skill set that is not confined to any particular genre; Chapman can draw on a variety of life experiences to reflect upon when writing in various genres.  This becomes abundantly clear when one visits his website.

Could you describe your blog?

“I prefer the term ‘article’ to ‘blog’. My articles are written to bring awareness and offer encouragement in a variety of areas: social behavior, mental health, creativity, the Arts.”

You’ve written several books, is there a particular genre you specialize in?

“My books cover a variety of genres. I believe people can be given a reason to laugh without making someone a victim of cruelty, so I wrote ‘Lives of the Ain’ts: Comedic Biographies of Directors Errant.’ I believe in entertainment, so I wrote ‘The Inn of Souls’ as something a little quirky, sensational, and ultimately satisfying to the reader. (That book, incidentally, has been the basic example for some of the commissioned articles I’ve written on creative writing.)

I also believe in the Soul, and while not wanting to prompt anyone into MY religion, I wrote ‘Behind These Red Doors: Stories a Cathedral Could Tell’ as a way of highlighting important aspects of spiritual living and the Journey, in a way that entertains (for the non-believer) and edifies.”

Are you currently writing?

“I am currently writing ‘The Sydfield Spy’ for release later this year. This is the story of a former spy who has been injured and revealed to the public. It follows his struggles with life after the service, and educates the reader about PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).”

When did you first know you would become an author?

“There are no definite answers. As a very small child, I liked the idea of pen scratching across paper. I was probably six or seven years old when I realized that books are written by PEOPLE, and I could be one of them.

In my professional capacity, I’ve always had to write something, whether it were technical reports, social service summaries, or legal documentation. I’ve made a number of forays into the literary world, but until recently, never as more than a visitor. Now, when my professional life is devoted to writing, I can’t think of anything I’d rather do.”

Are there any challenges in your writing career that you have overcome or would like to elaborate on?

“I suppose the biggest challenge or obstacle for me to overcome is myself. I’ve sometimes smugly showed an article to someone, expecting lauds and applause, only to have it shot down, criticized, or just plain rubbished. On calm reflection, I’ve discovered that the critic (just burnt in effigy) was actually right.

However, I’ve also had to accept that some of the topics on which I write do not interest others, or encourage people to be indifferent (out of fear) rather than caring and supportive (because they’ve seen the point). It’s sometimes frustrating to realize that nothing I write will ever truly be ‘perfect’. I look at articles I wrote two years ago and think, ‘I could have phrased that better. What was I thinking, pursuing that line of thought? I should have said this instead!’

The creative aspect of any kind of writing is constantly growing and maturing. That can be difficult to accept.”

Do you have a favorite writer?

“As I’ve grown older and matured, both as a person and as a writer, my tastes and interests have changed, so I have to say NO to the question of favorite prose writers. With Poetry, it’s a bit different because the art of poetry differs from the art of prose. I’m very fond of Tennyson, Blake, and Burns.” “Although I’ve written little poetry, and largely in private, to me, poetry is painting pictures in words–the more sensitive your selection of words and phrases, the broader your pallet.”

What advice would you give to a beginning writer?

“Write write write write write write write write write write. Creative writing is like exercise–the more you do it, the better you become and the quicker the flow of ideas. Write every day, even if you end up tossing it in the bin at the end of your writing session.”

“Read read read read read read read read read read read. Read everything you can get your hands on, in your preferred genre, other genres, and especially, read poetry. Reading poetry broadens your vocabulary and fine-tunes your sensitivity to expression and phrasing.”

Author Paul TN Chapman can be found on his website, Facebook and authorsden.com.  His collection of books can be found and purchased through AMAZON.

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