First, let me get this out of the way: I participated in last year’s NaNoWriMo, and finished on time. One thing lead to another, and some excellent people thought what I wrote was good enough to publish – so I did. I feel very lucky and grateful.
Okay, now the meat.
That daunting mountain that is NaNoWriMo can, I know, appear near impossible to climb. But it truly isn’t, as has been proven time and again. And what sets those who participated and finished on time apart from you? Not a thing. Coming from someone who has managed to climb it, I can tell you there is no magic involved, only stubborn diligence.
Now, I can but share with you my own perspective on it which, like an item of clothing, you can try on to see if it fits your own perspective, or exchange it with any other until you find one that does inspire you. Also, before I impart any advice, you should know I’m lazy. Very, very lazy. I procrastinate at the drop of a hat, in fact.
As such, I suppose, what it all comes down to is motivation – Why do you want to do it? Because you know, you don’t have to. You can just go about your day and forget all about it, and your life will be exactly as it was before you were even tempted by the idea – it’s much easier, trust me.
If you’re stubborn and have decided you want to do it, then you probably will. And, when you do, you will have created something that, without that pig-headedness of yours, would never have existed. Ever. And you’ll feel great. Really great. Like you just gave birth great.
It’s really only up to you, though: don’t do it, nothing changes; do it, and create something that will outlast you. And hey, if it’s really good, if you’ve polished it so it shines and sparkles like diamonds, it may even be published. And that was all you and your stubborn decision to write some words every day for a single month of your life.
See? Do or don’t. No magic. Just you.
So, I suppose, my advice to you is this: be pig-headed; the more the better. If what you want is to do this thing, be as stubborn as you want. Damn everything else. I mean, you’re not going to let some words stand between you and your goal, are you?
But, like I said, you can always just turn back or quit – no problem. You can feel safe in the knowledge that nothing will have changed. Right?
The Skull Collector by David Paris Singer-Carter
After the disappearance of her parents, a heartbroken child is sold to the Doll-Maker who promises to revive them. In return, she is to travel from cemetery to cemetery, unearthing graves and collecting skulls.
While doing so, she must avoid the Violinist and his crows, who are determined to steal the skulls she has painstakingly gathered.
As she travels across the province, her life is in constant peril from vengeful policemen to furious villagers to strange creatures, the little girl must use her wits to succeed in her macabre mission.
The Skull Collector is filled with the gloomy imagery of death and despair juxtaposed by the whimsical hope a child holds for finding her missing parents.
In a world in which children are exploited, monsters are saviours, and dark magic is constantly at play, this child will go to any lengths to be reunited with her lost ones.
About the Author
David P. Singer-Carter admits to being a perpetual student who has studied business, law, and translation. Now, he is engaged in Japanese, Genetics and Astronomy. He resides in Spain where he currently teaches English, and is not a stranger to the beach, spending much of this time there writing. If he isn’t writing, you can find him playing guitar, painting, drawing, cooking, or participating in a variety of sports.