So much is happening to poor Annie Thomas, the MC in my latest novel, The Powerful Odor of Mendacity. I have a little over half of her story written, and she has had to deal with strange faces at the window, the eminent death of a teacher's child, the break-up of a very good friendship, and the teasing and taunting that go with being the new kid in school.
In all of this, is the Viet Nam war, which makes itself known to her innocent world through the TV news broadcasts. And soon, more unrest will come through that screen, too. She's seeing the mod scene and the go-go boots of her older sister and her friends. Her world is changing, and she's part of that, but is too wrapped up in childhood and budding adolescence to notice.
What will Annie have to learn next about herself and life? One thing is for sure, she'll do it with attitude.
What are your MCs learning? Are they facing conflicts and trials that seem impossible to avoid?
Let's keep rolling with our NaNoWriMo projects. I'm looking forward to hearing how your stories are growing, too!
Mine continues to shape up as I make up the story as I go. My MC is in some ways a Jonah type, who after high school in 1980 Philadelphia becomes involved with a crime syndicate and is sellng drugs and stealing cars as he tries to ignore God's calling. He will be getting into a lot more trouble as the novel goes on.
I have a general ending set up where he's heading but there is still a lot I have to work out. So far he's learning about how his family may have failed him, but his new found crime family will fail him too as he hears God's calling become stronger in his life. tonight I passed 20,000 words.
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