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Ten People You Don't Want to Meet at a Writer's Group

Theophanes is a New-England-based blogger, traveler, writer, photographer, sculptor, and lover of cats.

Sometimes you feel like you're living a cliché.

Sometimes you feel like you're living a cliché.

Writing can be a lonely pursuit and sometimes it can be hard to find motivation to go on. More so it doesn't exactly invite a swinging social life onto the scene. You can't blame us for wondering what the other writers are up to and wanting to meet them. This is why writer's groups exist. It doesn't matter if the group is just for public reading, for critique, for lectures, for learning, for interactive activities, or just for socializing, it all comes down to the same thing - we want to improve our art and meet like minds. However it's not always as tame as all this. A friend once said, "Writer's groups can be real freak shows."

I should mention I have been to a lot of writers groups and have met many wonderful people and listened to some pretty amazing pieces being read but on the flip side of that coin I have also attended meetings where I wanted to literally melt out of my chair and onto the floor where I'd find some way of slinking under the crack of the door to escape. So whether you want to start your own group or just want to poke around someone else's here are some real doozies to look out for.


The Critic

The Critic is at every meeting you'll ever attend. He's everywhere and when you first sit down he might even impress you a bit. He'll make sure to correct any obscure grammar anyone has gotten wrong, suggest better words for sentences, and wax and wane with reflective questions that are designed to get you, the writer, thinking about what you're trying to say. At first you might think, "Wow, this guy really knows his stuff!" (And it's almost always a guy, mind you.) However a few minutes later when he gets up to read his piece you'll be startled at just how bad it is. You'll realize pretty quick that knowing obscure grammar rules is not what makes a good writer. And then eventually he'll go too far, make a mention of something that's not even writing related that should be corrected, and you'll want to punch him in the face. It happens. You'll read your piece and grin and bear it as he takes note of every meticulous detail you have gotten wrong and when you get home you won't change your writing, even if you know it's wrong, just out of spite for who corrected it.

When a young writers completes a story they can feel at the top of the world - but it can be exhausting to follow them there.

When a young writers completes a story they can feel at the top of the world - but it can be exhausting to follow them there.

The Overly Enthusiastic Youngun'

Another common face at any writer's meeting is The Overly Enthusiastic Youngun'. Most of the time these are freshmen college students trying for an English major, in the first few months of their schooling before their zest for writing is sucked out of their bones by academia. At other times they might be a gifted high school student. Either way they are always super happy to be attending a writers meeting with real writers! They cannot wait to read their piece and they love giving superfluous amounts of encouragement to whoever else reads. They're delighted when you give them the headway to discuss something they've been debating in class. Part of you admires their youthful energy and doesn't want to be the person that ultimately kills it. The other part of you wants to yell, "OK! We get it, this is the best experience of your life. Can we tone it down a bit now?" These writers never stay this way, it is a phase, and eventually life itself will kick the rose-tinted glasses right off their head.

We all know you've heard some of these and didn't have the heart to tell someone they are helplessly untalented.

We all know you've heard some of these and didn't have the heart to tell someone they are helplessly untalented.

The Terrible Poet

I have been to some writers meetings where I have been absolutely floored by the most amazing poetry - the sort of thing that makes you sit up and listen no matter who or what you are. But with that being said I have had to endure far more terrible poets than profound ones. They seem to show up at every meeting and no one really knows what to do with them because poetry is so different from fiction and nonfiction writing you're not even sure if they should be allowed in the group in the first place. This indecision quickly becomes a concrete no in your mind after they stand up and read something. The whole audience will look up and politely listen as they clench their teeth and try to get the gist of the poem. The poet thinks themselves to be brave troubadours, heroes in their own right, and the audience is always far too sweet to bust their bubble on this one. They say things like, "That was... interesting" but they don't get a word of it. Case in point I had to listen to a poet, a man mind you, that decided to write a poem about abortion through the eyes of a woman getting one. I'm not saying as a man you can't do this, I'm saying you really must have a set of brass ones if you try to then read it to an audience containing women. There were over twenty people at that meeting, only one figured out it was about abortion and after she raised that red flag everyone was quick to comment how brave he was to write it and how they knew it was about abortion too. LIARS. If they knew it they wouldn't have taken fifteen minutes to come up with the word! The second poem he read I believed was about a seven year old boy being molested but no one dared ask if this was really what it was about. What if it wasn't? Then how pervy are you for asking?! Everyone said, "Your poems are getting better! You should keep going!" I sat in a corner silent and shocked. I find it morally reprehensible to encourage someone who has no talent or possibility of talent. It's like telling that awkward kid with the leg braces that he's going to make a great basketball player one day.

Fava beans, anyone?

Fava beans, anyone?

The Potential Serial Killer

The Potential Serial Killer is always a fun one. They always write in the horror genre, occasionally guest starring in science fiction. They like to write gore, hardcore gore. They will describe in visceral detail every gruesome sadistic act their characters do to other human characters, making sure that you can see every drop of blood and every anguished scream in your mind until all you want to do is excuse yourself to the parking lot to barf. They can be so convincing in their genre that people around you will be whispering, "Is this a true account? Is this guy a serial killer?" No one will dare point out how dastardly and socially awkward this move is because no one wants this writer tracking them down and slaughtering them. I've seen several movies and sitcoms that have even starred The Potential Serial Killer in a skit that involves people trying to figure out if his story is real or made up. As with most things this scenario doesn't come from nowhere! He's out there... lurking at many writers meetings so beware.


The Networker

The Networker is someone who likes being around writers. Sometimes they are a writer who is merely seeking opportunity by networking with every writer, editor, and media owner they can find. Other times they are more like a groupie - someone who has no real talent of their own but likes to bask in the glow of other people's talents. That's OK. We can all use a bit of flattery, which is probably why no one is too harsh on the writing of The Networker even though they're usually harsh and technical sounding.

If I had this at home I'd want to run away too.

If I had this at home I'd want to run away too.

The Mother Desperately Trying to Regain a Social Life

The Mother Trying Desperately to Regain her Social Life is a very sweet woman. You're bound to like her because she's just so earnest to be doing something, anything, that doesn't involve laundry and picking up toys. She is so happy just to meet you that you can find her slight psychosis kind of charming in a way. Her biggest issue is that even though she's trying desperately to get a little escape from the daily rigors of motherhood (which by all means she's deserving of) she is still in fact knee-deep in smelly diapers. She thinks her experiences as a mother will be interesting so all she writes about is her kids and how hard it is to take care of them, which it really is, but the people in the audience don't really care. Most of them are either childless or have grown children and really don't want to be reminded of the constant screaming and crying of wee ones. She'd do much better if she stepped out onto a limb and tried to write something completely and utterly outside her own bubble. We all might be surprised what she comes up with!

Sorry, how could i not use a photo of Hunter S Thompson when talking about writers and their love hate relationship with drugs and alcohol?

Sorry, how could i not use a photo of Hunter S Thompson when talking about writers and their love hate relationship with drugs and alcohol?

The Alcoholic and/or Addict

The relationship between writers and alcohol is a touchy subject. Suffice to say that for whatever reason a great many writers also like to hit the bottle and sometimes other things pretty hard. A lot them are journalists and who can really blame them? Journalism in the past ten years has turned into an absolute joke and if they were witness to real trauma and tragedy they are likely to have one of these alcoholic break downs, especially when their editors don't let them run the stories they feel are important. The world is just that depressing. Gifted minds also like to flirt with disaster so you'll also find some addicts in here too. On one hand you won't see them often at meetings - as alcoholics and addicts are usually pretty bad at showing up to anything. On the other hand you'll know them when you see them! I saw some woman who was three sheets to the wind, likely on sedatives or some other prescription drug, read with such reckless abandon that I didn't care her poem was absolute shit, it was entertaining enough just watching her!

No wiser words have been spoken by a robot.

No wiser words have been spoken by a robot.

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The Guy No One Can Understand AT ALL

The Guy No One Can Understand AT ALL comes in a few subcategories. The most common is The Abstract Humor Writer. Now there's nothing wrong with abstract humor writing, it just takes a very special person to pull it off. Think A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a totally nonsensical plotless book that still makes me laugh when I envision a depressed robot. That was a popular book, so popular that the number 42 appears as a pun in almost every science fiction show on TV. However I am at a loss of coming up with anyone else that can pull off such whimsical Gibberish and god knows I have had to listen to quite a few at these writers meetings... What are you to do when you're sitting there listening to a random excerpt of an already written 200,000 word manuscript about Godzilla and his affection for Starbucks coffee? It's not as if you can say, "Gee nice try, better luck next time..."

The other Guy No One Can Understand AT ALL is someone who can't read or can't speak but tries to anyway. This is super frustrating to the audience listening. I once had to listen to a guy read three poems that took him 45 minutes because he couldn't speak any better than a stroke patient, and also had some sort of muscular problem which made holding a piece of paper and switching to another page virtually impossible. All these things could have been remedied if he allowed for anyone to help him with anything. That's 45 agonizing minutes watching a dude in a wheelchair flail around helplessly and try to read a 50 word poem which he couldn't enunciate if you gave him a million dollars. Now I am sympathetic to people with disabilities and illnesses but if no one can understand you that also means no one can give a valuable suggestion, critique, or even compliment. All you are doing is holding people hostage and making them severely uncomfortable for your own shits and giggles. It's like a friend said to me, "Just because you're in a wheelchair doesn't mean you can't also be a jerk."


The Self-Help Aficionado

A friend of mine has been urging me to start my own writers group, partially because she has her own and it's apparently wonderful and everything I have ever wanted out of a writers group (save for the 1,000 mile drive to get there.) She did however give me a very strange bit of advice - ask for writing samples and don't ever let a self-help author in. Why? Because apparently those writing about self-help are the ones in the most dire need of help. Apparently one self-help author came in one day promising just to be an observer but ended up spending the entire hour relating in great detail how she was raped numerous times as a child until everyone wanted to crawl under the table and die. Thanks for the advice! I have taken it to heart!


The Amazing Go-Nowhere Author

The Amazing Go-Nowhere Author is both the most fascinating person you'll ever meet and the most frustrating. He or she will write the most profound thing you have ever heard being read. It will capture your attention so fiercely you will be sitting there just begging for them to continue the story you're now deeply immersed in but they won't go on. Either they have yet to write the rest or they are too shy to go on. These people have the most stunning talent and yet they are always the ones who have the least confidence and self esteem. They are never published authors and probably never will be which is an absolute tragedy and why these people, although not as common as some of the other types listed, are the most dauntingly frustrating.

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Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on February 26, 2015:

Yeah, to be honest I haven't been on Hubpages much since their editors have gotten... shall we say hands on? I have been reading a lot of complaints and hesitating to update old articles and add new ones because of it. One of these days I will give it a try but we'll see... Satire has always been a contestable issue!

Thanks for stopping by nicomp. It's been a while since I have seen your name! And thank you Kristen Howe. Happy Hubbing to the both of you!

nicomp really from Ohio, USA on February 20, 2015:

Be careful publishing humor on this site. I am getting killed by some sour-puss would-be editors. Sad, really.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on February 20, 2015:

Great hub. It was funny, too. I'm glad my local writing group isn't like this with those kind of people.

Muebles de jardin from madrid on May 10, 2014:

very funny. thank you for this great hub.

dwight on April 12, 2014:

Great article. Sorry your experience has been so one sided. Sound like life, glass half empty or half full. I see most of those profiles in my group, but we help each other as any team would.

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on April 07, 2014:

Thank you all for your comments. I am surprised but very happy this article seems to have touched a nerve with so many.

@Billie Keplin: I have always dreamed of having the ultimate writer's group. I hope to be moving out of state in the coming months and when I settle in I wanted to start something there. My hopes aren't too high, I know I am a magnet for crazies, but wouldn't it be wonderful? Let me know if you start up an online group. I might be curious enough to swing by - your link page was blank...

@Colin Neville: I am sorry to hear you won't be back! I rather enjoy the freak show on most days... but I can understand why others wouldn't. If you can get along on your own then that is fine too. I think it's mostly about meeting other people than it is about writing anyhow.

Colin Neville on April 07, 2014:

Great article. Spot-on. I've been to a couple of writers' groups. Never again. I'd rather have electrodes clipped to my whatnots, with 500 volts administered, than have to endure again the preening egos on display. Stay and home and get on with, I say.

Billie Kelpin from Newport Beach on April 05, 2014:

Very cute. I'm glad, at least, that we all don't fit into one homogenous category :) Actually, like cantyouhearmescream, I was wondering about a "Masters Mind" group for writers. My friend, Bill Dyment wrote about the success of a group he helped start and I'm wondering if this would work for a small group of hubwriters. I think it would have to be with people compatible with each other and who really want to work toward some tangible goal with their writing. What do you all think? I'm going to ask Bill next time I see him if he knows of any that work totally online. Cheers

Trevor Belshaw on April 05, 2014:

Hahaha I used most of these types in my Web Serial. The Westwich Writers Club. :) They were caricatures of people from every writer's club I've belonged to so these people do exist. Well done, good post.

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on April 03, 2014:

That's a great tip Kathleen Cochran. I never thought of that. I must try it now! Now how to find some readers....

Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on April 03, 2014:

Well, you nailed us. I'm sure we all saw ourselves in this hub somewhere.

This is why I prefer to hang with avid readers. Number one: They don't tend to concentrate on how they would have written what I wrote. But the best part is, they ask questions. The tell you what more they wanted to know about the story or the characters. I've literally doubled the length of a book because of the questions I've gotten out of good readers.

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on April 03, 2014:

Why thank you carter06. You are the 666th person to share this on FaceBook, if that's how you shared. LOVE that! And yes, sometimes it's best to grin and bear it, if for nothing else than the amazing fodder it gives us to write about later on!

Mary from Cronulla NSW on April 03, 2014:

This is brilliant I have to say!.. and can def identify with you in this..writers groups can be unfreaking believable and disturbingly despairing at the same time..think we still need to be in one though..loved the 'melting out of my chair onto the floor bit':) good read..will tweet & share..Cheers

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on May 30, 2013:

Yes - my issue is twofold. For one every library and bookstore around here already has a group (which is what gave me the inspiration for this article) and secondly I don't plan to be sticking around here for long. We have plans of moving out of state in about a year -- at which point my search will begin again and if I fail to find something good I will start my own group there. :) Thanks for the tips and support though!

Donna Campbell Smith from Central North Carolina on May 30, 2013:

It is not hard to start a group. Think what you want it to be, find a location to have it - the first group I organized met at an old fashioned ice cream shop that had some private rooms. Very cool! Then post announcements in book stores, libraries and online. Let folks know from the beginning if you want it to be a critique group so they know what to expect.

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on May 30, 2013:

Sounds like you've had some good luck. I hope to someday lead a group that is as harmonious as possible... though not all of these people are to be completely avoided. As you said some of the Go-Nowhere Authors can be absolutely amazing.

Good luck on any future writing projects! Sounds like you have a better support than I! :)

Donna Campbell Smith from Central North Carolina on May 23, 2013:

I think I've met all those folks. I've helped organize three writers groups over the years. The best one is a women-only group. When we started out we were each working on a book. I doubt I would have finished mine without this group. We met twice a month. At the meeting we each read a chapter (or part if it was too long) then we'd comment on general things good or bad, brainstorm when needed. We'd go home, rewrite, then email our chapters to each other for line by lines.

Another group I'd say is more social and made up of some of your characters. An amazing poet who never uses a computer so all his work is handwritten and he'll probably never submit anything to be published, and another talented writer who we cannot convince to submit her work. Then, there is the man who wants to hear himself read. Not a bad writer, but he does not want a real critique just an "atta boy." Both groups are small and we've become friends so we can put up with one another.

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on May 23, 2013:

Thank you Billie Kelpin, it sounds like you've met some of these fellows. :) Always happy to make someone smile and laugh!

Billie Kelpin from Newport Beach on May 23, 2013:

Oh my goodness. I just read the headings - totally funny in and of themselves! I get it!

nicomp really from Ohio, USA on May 05, 2013:

Multi-plotted works for me.

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on May 05, 2013:

OK, since multi-plotted is not a word how about we agree on delightfully ADD? (I actually do like the Hitchhiker's Guide in case I didn't make that clear. I found it adorable.)

nicomp really from Ohio, USA on May 05, 2013:

Umbrage I must take with your characterization of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. "plotless" hurts my feelings. On the contrary: Adams added a new plot every few pages.

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on April 29, 2013:

Thank you ocfireflies. I think the Critic lurks in most groups... it's amazing isn't it? I'm not in any groups right now either, though I hope to maybe start my own when I move in a year or two.... maybe I can at least keep the drama down a smidge. :)

Happy hubbing!

ocfireflies from North Carolina on April 28, 2013:

It's been years since I have had the op to attend a writer's group, but your descriptions are right on--The Critic in your piece described The Critic in the group I attended perfectly. Big Smiles. Kim

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on April 21, 2013:

MJennifer: you never know! I forgot to add the Sweetheart Swindler - you know that creepy guy that heard that writers are broken and vulnerable individuals and he should show up in an attempt to score. I haven't had the joy of coming across this guy but I have heard stories from others. And hey that Mutual Admiration Society sounds waaay too familiar!

Cantuhearmescream: I agree. I like to dig out my reader's heart with a spoon. ;) Or tickle their brains... or just instil a sense of wonder. It's all good.

Cat from New York on April 21, 2013:


Well what the heck good is a writing that warrants a simple, subtle smile? Really? Really? That's all I get? Fluffy is cute, but it's over done!


Marcy J. Miller from Arizona on April 21, 2013:

Theophanes, I think we must have been at the same writer's groups! This is scary in its accuracy. It has been years since I've been active in them for this very reason (so many years that perhaps I was the over-enthused young writer at the time) but I still remember Richard, the Critic -- glasses, cigarette, and imperialistic attitude. Once, infuriated at positive feedback being bestowed upon a member, he issued an epic rant accusing us all of being a Mutual Admiration Society. You are spot-on in all your characters! Well-done!

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on April 19, 2013:

Well... I have read to acquaintances... funny enough they seem to enjoy a shocked silence too. But after that positive feedback so I think I'm cool with it. I know I don't pick fluffy subject matter...

That I do! Not sure why or how but I think its better not to ask. haha

Writers groups can either be super inviting or "ahhh!" Seems to be a real coin toss but if you find the right one it really is amazing. Writers can be such interesting people.

Cat from New York on April 18, 2013:


You should read it again, absolutely, in a different group with different people, there is no way you could get the same response twice.

Well I wish you well with your health, I know it can be a pisser, but you seem to have a good attitude and a strong man by your side.

I think I might just check into a group, but I don't know if I'm "there kind of people" :-)

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on April 18, 2013:

LoL, yes.... I don't know what to make of the fact everyone seemed to stop breathing when I stood up and read. Maybe some day I will try this again and find out.

My health is and always will be shaky at best. I do what I can with it... And since my boyfriend came into my life I'm at least not acting like a trembling chihuahua! He makes sure I am around people fairly frequently... his people, but I am happy to share em'!

And most bookstores and some libraries have writing groups. That's where you should start looking if it interests you...

Cat from New York on April 17, 2013:


I would imagine others were simply in awe of your reading, though it might be much different from what you write here, you are no doubt creative and extremely interesting! But, I could imagine that felt particularly awkward to have no one say anything :-(

Ha ha ha, funny you mention the terrier; I often compare my "old" self to a chihuahua nervously trembling by the front door waiting for its owner to get home!

I hope all is well with your health now, and squirrelly can be fun!

I bet there probably is some kind of writer's group in my area, I've just never heard anything about any... I'll have to check into it.


Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on April 17, 2013:

Most areas have at least one writers group. Mine has quite a few... and as for my own cliché, I am the quiet one sitting in the corner watching everyone. I've only read publicly once, a piece of fiction I wrote, and the whole room was dead silent and seemed to be in a daze when I stopped reading. No one said anything and I was left to wonder! Maybe they were just shell shocked from me actually talking after just attending for years? Who knows! (My fiction is very different from these little coy blatherings.)

It's OK being a desperate mother. I am not and never was one but there was a stretch of time in my life where I became very isolated due to illness and I ended up just as squirrelly... like a terrier that hasn't gone outside for three days and when they do they practically burst! I've learned to take it easy.

Cat from New York on April 17, 2013:


Oh you kill me! At first I was thinking "Ooh a writer's group... hey why don't we have any around here?" Then after reading for a moment I was thinking "Oh, okay, I guess that's not a bad thing!" Ha, I could probably deal with the critic, everyone's a critic and I'm used to it, but gee some of those other people you mentioned... oye!

I found myself questioning each one of your descriptions "Oh my Lord, could that be me?" I'm going to convince myself that's a no :-)

I'll tell you though, I can almost relate to that mother with no social life personality. I remember when I was a stay at home mother and my only conversations were about poo and Pooh, I couldn't wait to talk to another human, to the point that I think they tried to slowly step away from the desperate mother without getting hurt... it was a little scary and we don't even realize how desperate we become. Thank God I am not a "stay at home mom" anymore and I don't really like people much anymore, so I'm not so pathetic, hehehe. Awesome as usual young lady!

Voted up and awesome!


Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on April 17, 2013:

Well if you do let me know if you meet any of these characters! ;) It makes for great people watching.

Kathi Mirto from Fennville on April 17, 2013:

I agree with Lesleyshwerwood, this is most entertaining and brutally honest. I have never been to one of these and now I'm more curious than ever. I thing if I did attend a writers group, this scenario would be lurking in my head, hee!

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on April 17, 2013:

I find it funny when people say I am brutally honest. I never really look at it like that. I have had lots of fun at writers groups and the people can be amazing but as with anything else there's always going to be a few extreme personalities floating around!

Thank you for your kind comment.

Lesleysherwood on April 17, 2013:

This hub was highly entertaining and brutally honest. I have never been to a writing group and after reading this I'm not sure I want to. That's not a bad thing though, I probably wouldn't have gone anyhow. I am a closet writer. I loved this and look forward to reading more of your work. Thank you.

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on April 17, 2013:

Anthony Lance: Oh by no means does a lack of a serial killer at the table make a writers group "mainstream" or boring. I've heard a lot of wild, crazy, funny, wonderful stories from mentally sane members. It's much better then getting sucked into the crazy!

cheaptrick: Thank you for your kind comments. Writers groups are often for people who write for any reason (not just on a professional level.) It makes for an interesting mix of people. I write to quiet the voices too. ;)

cheaptrick from the bridge of sighs on April 17, 2013:

Nicely done.Your descriptions were spot on.Making a living through writing must be very difficult considering the numbers.I've never been part of a writers group though I've been writing since I was a child;Not for money though...It seems to be the only way to quiet the voices...

Anthony Lance on April 17, 2013:

That's everybody who is interesting. Your writers groups must be very mainstream.

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on April 16, 2013:

You are a strong one DeanSexton! I've grown "rhino skin" over the years but it took some time!

Geofferson Dean Sexton from Nowhere Land, Ontario, Canada. on April 16, 2013:

Hahaha no they weren't I'm pretty good when it comes to constructive criticism . . . even when the constructive part is pretty lax!

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on April 16, 2013:

Thank you anndango! I appreciate it!

I was part of a writer's group I loved for many years but it has just become way too hard to get up on a Saturday morning to attend it. SIGH. I tried other meetings that came together at better hours and that's when the fun really began. Just wow. I am not part of any group now, although I do hope there is something suitable where I will be moving in a year - or else I may have to start my own. The horror!

Good for you for finding your own critique circle, if only we all could be so lucky...

anndango on April 16, 2013:

Theophanes, I loved this! You hit it on the nail. I have met some of the types you mention - they really do exist!! I was in a writer's group for a few years. One treated it more as a therapy session, and another was so overly sensitive that you hated to point out weaknesses in her writing because she'd start crying.

I don't belong to a writer's group now. But, I do have a couple of friends whose opinions I trust and I can count on them to read a manuscript and point out what works and what doesn't and offer concrete solutions.

Voted up and sharing.

Theophanes Avery (author) from New England on April 16, 2013:

Awe, thanks DeanSexton. I hope these characters weren't too rough on you. :)

Geofferson Dean Sexton from Nowhere Land, Ontario, Canada. on April 16, 2013:

1+ to useful, funny, awesome and interesting!

Loved this hub and I've met several of these characters during my writing career!!!

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