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Let just say the story I am writing is for fun only, as I have realized I don't have enough creativity or talent to write professionally. The story centers around a father (Caleb Hawkins) of four children who owns a small farm (various animals), when he is laid off at work he has to turn his "little hobby" farm into his permanent income. Now that the farm is his only way to feed his family, he also finds odd jobs to do around town to bring in some cash. Abe Thorn a shady guy is breathing down his neck, hoping to use Caleb in some illegal work (maybe dog fighting?). Third character his grandfather (Robin Hawkins) who has never Caleb (due to a fight between his dad) who appears stone-cold but really cares a lot about Caleb, everyone else in town either fears or respects the old timer. His grandfather doesn't like Abe "sniffing around" since he knows the man is bad news. The rest of the plot is Abe trying to lure Caleb into setting up dogfights (or something else) and Caleb trying to avoid trouble, as time passes Abe starts causing a lot of problems for him to pressure the kid. Grandfather steps in to gently remained Abe to "back off" but it's obvious something will have to be done about the guy. Slowly the old timer and Caleb start to bond with the older man taking the kid under his wing-teaching to hunt deer and the rest of the family helping him out too...that's all I have so far. My weakness is in character delevement, would love hints. Also anything I should add to the plot-change it-or should I just scrap it? Do you know of a plot twist I could add to the story. And last but not least what could I do to make the above plot more realistic, (Caleb might have a pit bull or two as pets but he DOES NOT fight them), thank you for your time...

Asked By: - 12/10/2011
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A good idea would be to put the father in a position where he has to either choose to do something horrible to get paid or walk away and have no way to provide for his family. You can base a lot of his character development on what choice he makes and why and it will provide a good turning point for your story... More
Answered By: Psychedelio, Psychedelic Alien from Mars - 12/10/2011
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