becoming john doe

Becoming John Doe was my first attempt at NaNoWriMo back in November of 2009.

It is the coming-of-age story of a young boy longing to be known, rather than just exist.  A boy who wants to be someone, and not just associated with his athletic older brother and beautiful little sister.

The first few lines of the novel read:

This is the story of a boy named John Doe.

As his name suggests, John is an ordinary boy.  He is the middle of three children; he lives on 123 Main Street, Anytown, USA.  He attends Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

John isn’t much to look at – his clothes are second hand [many hand-me-downs from his older brother].  He rarely smiles except for when the subject is drawn to one of his two favorites:  Baseball and books.  His favorite team is the local minor league team, the Anytown Anteaters and while he doesn’t have a favorite book or author, he likes a book with a good story.

John wants his life to be a good story.

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