Right now I'm doing Nano - not exactly power boating along, but I think I'll catch up. Not too concerned. But I'm having issues with nailing down an age for my mc for my fantasy/sci-fi short. I've had no problem before picking ages but most of my characters have been 20-40 which I'm now thinking has more flexibility than children. The story is not ya but it's one of those awkward anyone-can-read-them stories that feature a child mc. When I first jotted the blurb out a while back the character of Oliver was 13-14 but I'm concerned that this age automatically assumes a need to reference a girl or love interest. Which I'm not interested in portraying. I have bigger fish to fry ( 'scuse the dumb-ass cliche ) in my story, so I don't have time for a romance. However making him too young he practically needs a guardian for his adventures. Or he'll look over cute or over-smart. Does anyone ever go through this agony of trying to decide on an age?