Chris Colfer: Actor, Screenwriter and now, Author
Not many actors turn to writing fiction. But Glee’s Chris Colfer is anything but ordinary.
The actor recently released his first book, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, and he’s already eager to dispense tips on what he’s learned. He told Theater Mania, “The biggest advice I could give anyone is to vomit everything up on the page and then fix it as you go along. Don’t worry if you’re describing something wrong or choosing the wrong word; you can always correct it later.”
But Colfer does admit he still faced some challenges while writing. “Coming from a theatrical background, I always knew how to start and end every chapter; there had to be a cliffhanger,” he said. “Writing the in-between part was difficult.”
Despite his foray into writing, Colfer isn’t ready to leave acting behind. He’d even love to return to the stage at some point. “I got a little fix of it while we were on the Glee tour,” he said. “I sang live at every performance and I really miss having that connection with the audience. I hope to be on Broadway in the next few years.”
Of course Colfer will be returning in the fall to FOX’s Glee as Kurt Hummel. “I think people now get that there’s a difference between me and Kurt, but it’s taken awhile,” he said. “It used to make me so mad when they didn’t, because as an actor, I’ve worked so hard and tried to be the best character in every scene and I know some people felt like I was playing myself. But in the end, Kurt has done such good for the world that I can’t get upset.”
Land of Stories is available in stores now.