The Dioramist

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Eric Keegan

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The titular character in Eric Keegan’s The Dioramist is in the throes of a quarter-life crisis. When a friend suggests that he begin writing down his inner thoughts, hopes, and dreams, our hero sets off on an adventure that shows him a new passion in life.



Short Summary

The unnamed protagonist takes to his creative writing and begins making it just as much a priority as his career in writing for the local newspaper. With his stream-of-consciousness style, he bleeds wandering thoughts onto the blank page and sets up his own form of self-therapy.

The Dioramist is no longer reeling from his war-torn relationship and creative struggles. He uses this journal to thrust himself into a life of less questionable uncertainty and more real life exposure.


New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Wesley Shipp (unnamed until the very end of story)

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Adventurous,Selfless,Engaging,Funny,Romantic,Sophisticated,Underdog

Additional Character Details

Name: Elizian

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Complex,Blunt,Empathetic,Outspoken,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Janja Coerberg

Age: Sixties

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Masculine,Badass,Confident,Engaging

Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

The Dioramist, while fictional, does portray some aspects of my own life and the novel in and of itself was the end result of my own creative struggles. I guess you could say that there's a bit of irony behind it all. It's a swift, light-on-your-feet type journey that has no beginning, middle, or end. Each journal entry is a fragmented vignette that could be broadcast out even further if transcribed into a visual format. I wrote the manuscript almost like I was writing a screenplay, but without following any of the actual guidelines. Most coming-of-age stories revolve around characters that are just out of high school or are getting ready to graduate. Today's generations, known wholesomely as the boomerang generations, usually don't begin to piece things together until their mid-twenties. Far different from what our parents and their parents were thrust into after high school. What we see in this story is a love-struck unnamed protagonist who can't let go of two things: his wandering, inky typewriter thoughts and the woman he loves who he never really had to begin with. The conclusion of the tale doesn't end with any finite validation that the hero rides off into the eternal sunset with his serendipitous lass, or the promise of a writing career, or much of anything really. It merely ends with the one thing that people of a certain any-something age all want and desire...the proverbial road map that will get them to the next life chapter locale.

About The Author

Eric Keegan has been writing novels and screenplays since 2005 but only recently became an avid and enthusiastic reader. The two hundred books he has read in the past three years have helped him hone his own writing style. Eric likes to go against the grain when crafting his stories. Eric currently works in manufacturing. When he isn't working or writing, he seeks inspiration through his travels and in the great outdoors. He has never forgotten his Eagle Scout training and still finds nature a welcome respite from the stresses of daily life.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: CreateSpace

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available