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The Character



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Copyright © 2016 Paul Keene

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In memory of Maud L. Benoit-Keene.

Chapter One


Chapter Two

Compelling Characters

Chapter Three

Last Stand

Chapter Four

The Cowboy

Chapter Five


Chapter Six

The Old Woman Next Door

Chapter Seven

The Will to Survive

Chapter Eight

Angel in the Basement

Chapter Nine

The writer and two others faced the panel and…

Chapter Ten

The Bully

Chapter Eleven

I Never Met a Dog I Didn’t Like

Chapter Twelve


Chapter Thirteen

The Cross-over Man

Chapter Fourteen


Chapter Fifteen

Character-driven Fiction Addict

Chapter Sixteen

Thank You

Finding Red-blooded Characters

Get out of the office. Stand on street corners, visit coffee shops, go to a bar. The world is full of characters. Believable? Hey, I believe anything. Doesn’t the juiciest gossip begin with You won’t believe this, but . . . ?

Weird-ass quirky character material is as close as my family tree. I don’t have to leave the house to find it. Change the sex, give them an entire make-over. Use mannerisms and physical descriptions from people you observe. They will never know.

Eavesdropping should be tax deductible for writers. Master the art. Use your imagination. A Facebook follower overheard a neighbor saying to a friend, “My fingerprints are on the knife.” My imagination kicked in so fast, I forgot to read the rest of the post.


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The Character

Win or lose the strong fight to survive. Red-blooded, everyday characters struggle through affliction and muck, but their strength comes from within. The character-driven read presents fifteen pint-sized stories that address addiction, abuse, family relationships and more.

  • Author: Paul Keene
  • Published: 2016-08-10 22:50:09
  • Words: 3618
The Character The Character