Last month, I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a month long “contest” to write a 50,000 word novel in just those 30 days. It can be the crappiest novel ever written, making 50 Shades of Gray look like a Shakespearean masterpiece, but the point is just to write. Get your ideas on metaphorical or literal paper. And if you win, you get a cool looking badge like this:
That’s right. I won! I actually finished my novel on November 28 after a marathon day of writing approximately 7000 words. I went into the contest having already written about 9100 words but in the spirit of being honest, I wrote 50,000 on top of that. And then some which brought my grand total to around 61,000 words. I still have a long way to go but at least the framework is there. I have a place to start.
Which feels really, really good.
Of course this got me thinking about how completing NaNo was really no different than paying down debt or getting your finances on track. While the end goal is different, the process is really the same.
- Make a commitment. I tried for years (seriously, years. Like 4 of them) to participate in NaNo. But it was always a half-hearted attempt. Since my heart wasn’t in it, the end result was nonexistent. This year, though, I decided to go for it. All in. No holds barred. And I won! I made a commitment to myself that I would finish Money application: When it comes to taking control of your finances, you need to do the same. One day, you just decide “today’s the day” and you never look back. [Read more…]