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Mike McGifford

There are lots of rags to riches stories. How about a story where people are struggling at the beginning , in the middle and at the end, with the point of the story being a main character's profound sense of belonging and getting to a point where they would never dream of being something they're not and somewhere they aren't.

Set in a slum or a trailer park, with interesting characters who are just trying to get by while dealing with their addictions or personality disorders, seeing the main character's rise and fall, ultimate rise again - while providing life lessons to those who refuse to see their own potential or that of those around them. Learning that friends can be as good, or better, as a surrogate family.

Replies:   StarFleet Carl
StarFleet Carl

@Mike McGifford

How about a story where people are struggling at the beginning , in the middle and at the end, with the point of the story being a main character's profound sense of belonging and getting to a point where they would never dream of being something they're not and somewhere they aren't.


Why would we write it? That's what we live!

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@StarFleet Carl

Why would we write it? That's what we live!


Well, some say authors should write what they know.

The real question is why would anybody want to read it?

What the OP is postulating is basically an MC with no real ambition or desire to better his or her self muddling through a humdrum existence.

Yes, the MC has demons, obstacles in life, but they are never truly overcome.

It's the extraordinary that makes compelling stories.

Even the news business understands this.

If it bleeds, it leads.

Dog bites man: not news. Man bites dog: news.

Ernest Bywater

Maybe this will be close enough for the original poster

https://storiesonline.net/s/13340/neer-do-well

The author has a number of stories along similar lines as well.

Remus2

A succinct scene of trailer park life.

"Get off me Daddy! You're crushing my cigarettes!"

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