Characters I Have Known

Characters I Have Known

At book signings and personal appearances, I’m often asked about the characters in my writing – Where do they come from? How do I view and develop them? Are my characters images of me and my friends?

I’ve recognized two categories of main characters. Either they carry the story forward or their evolution is the story. Other characters – we’ll call them supporting characters – are present to add credibility and realism to the events.

As I write, I keep a profile on each of my characters. In a separate file on the computer, I have a complete description of each of them. As they morph with the changes in the plot, I compare their reactions and comments with the profile to be sure that they remain true to themselves.

No, I’m not avoiding the big question – are all of my characters biographical? Yes! Most of my main characters have aspects of my personality and/or experience. I don’t have to imagine a reaction if I have actually lived through a given experience.

Other characters have traits that I recognize in people around me – be they friends or adversaries. If I need a certain characteristic, I can draw on my knowledge of others and their probable actions or reactions.

Regardless, I have to see the plot developing as a movie in my head. The next scene depends on the way my players (characters) would handle the situation – not what is on a script. So, my characters take an active part in the writing process.

I’ve found that if I’m true to the characters, they are true to my story. If you are a friend of an author, watch for yourself in their published works. Sure, the name will be different – sometimes cleverly disguised – but the traits and speech patterns may reveal your starring role.

If that’s the case and you recognize yourself, enjoy your fame as it was probably meant as a compliment.

Joe Scavetti
Celebrating the Seasons – an Anthology

Book Launch

Book Launch

Several of our Pen and Keyboard authors were able to attend the Book Launch for Celebrating the Seasons – an Anthology. The “kick-off” event was held at Deer Clan Books in Bethany. The book is now available in print and e-book format on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, GoodReads, Draft 2 Digital, and other on-line sources as well as on the shelves of Deer Clan Books. Left to right in the photo are contributing authors, Darlinda Hagens, Carla Guthrie, Joe Scavetti, E.H. McEachern and Donna Castle Richardson.

If you weren’t able to attend the Book Launch and Signing, fret not. There will be other events in the Edmond area. Watch this space for announcements of day, time and place.

Ready for LAUNCH !!

Ready for LAUNCH !!

The members of Pen and Keyboard Writers have produced a GREAT anthology. It’s been published and reviewed. Now is the time to formally launch Celebrating the Seasons: an Anthology in Poetry and Prose to the public. This Friday evening, January 20th, several of the authors will be at a Book Launch Party (from 6:00 to 7:30 PM) hosted by Deer Clan Books, 3905 N. College Avenue in Bethany, OK. They will be conducting readings from their contributions and signing copies of the book. If you’re anywhere near the area, come by and join in Celebrating the Anthology.

Excitement !!

Excitement !!

If the thrill of pending Christmas gifts wasn’t enough, I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of our printed books. It’s been a long and sometimes frustrating time but we’ve put together a great collection of poems and short stories. I know this will be one of those books that readers keep by their recliner to read and re-read. Was that the door bell??

Welcome to Pen & Keyboard Writers

Welcome to Pen & Keyboard Writers

About the Pen & Keyboard Writers Club

Pen & Keyboard Writers was founded in August of 2002 as an affiliate club of Oklahoma Writers Foundation, Inc. (OWFI) Today the group is a closed club (limited number of members) based in Edmond, Oklahoma. We hold “hybrid” meetings (both in-person and online) to allow members and guest speakers to participate from outside the immediate area.

Pen & Keyboard Writers meets monthly to discuss writing, to provide feedback on fellow members’ works in progress (as requested), and to assist one another in all aspects of the business of writing. Our members provide aid and support to each other through positive reinforcement, skills development, constructive critiques, promotions and mutual respect. The group continues to maintain close ties with and supports OWFI in their activities.

Benefits of Membership

  • A friendly, safe atmosphere in which to share writing and discuss the challenges of current projects;
  • A network of writers who will give and receive feedback on writing;
  • Free or discounted events with industry guest speakers;
  • Discounted membership in Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc (OWFI)
  • A dedicated page on this website (see Our Members);
  • And more. Additional benefits will be added as we grow and determine the needs of our membership.

Interested in joining? Please complete our membership interest assessment, and one of our members will contact you within a few days.