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.