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The Office of Letters and Light
February 27, 2012

I am epileptic and have short term memory problems due to complications from the initial (unexplained) illness that brought on the epilepsy almost ten years ago. Writing is one of the things I am still able to do, and with the organizational and goal-setting skills I've learned by participating in NaNoWriMo, I have been able to hone my craft a great deal. I participated in 2010 and 2011, and the novel that I started in 2011 is now up to just shy of eighty thousand words of rough draft. I have gotten to the point where I am noticing bumps in the plot line that I am working on smoothing out, and with the step by step and goal for each day method I have learned doing NaNoWriMo, I know I will get things smoothed out and get the rough draft of the novel completed. Then I will get to have fun applying the same methods to revising and get the novel ready to start finding a publisher and see where I can go from there!

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The changes in my attitude towards my writing endeavors and also my belief in my capacity to not only write, but write well and consistently.

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There isn't much I would change, unless I could give them psychic abilities so they could know how many participants to expect. Then they would be able to have the website able to handle the deluge of participants. But even having a hard time those first few days this past year wasn't too upsetting; I knew it was because there were a LOT of people having the same great experience I was.

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Through a writer's club group at the local public library - the leader of the writer's club told us all about it.

General Member of the Public & I participated in and completed NaNoWriMo in 2010 and 2011. I am thinking about trying ScriptFrenzy this year too.

The Office of Letters and Light
February 26, 2011

I found out about NaNoWriMo through the leader of a writing club at my local public library. I have loved to write since I was young, and decided to try this. A little over eight years ago, I suffered an unexplained illness that caused short term memory problems and left me epileptic. These things made it more difficult for me to pursue my dreams as a writer. By trying out the method of writing suggested in NaNoWriMo - setting specific word count goals for each day - I was able to get 50,000 words of a novel written in a month, and although I have slowed down and written more carefully on my current piece, I recently passed the 25,000 word mark on my current novel. Writing regularly with specific goals helps me to keep the story line fresh in my mind, even with my memory problems, and what I learned about writing by doing NaNoWriMo has given me the courage to pursue my dream of getting published more actively - with all of my heart!

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I've experienced the results of NaNoWriMo in my writing life, as I stated before. I have been pestering people at my local library to get copies of the Writer's Market for 2011 so I can start submitting more and see what I can do with all of these new writing skills and ideas!

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My only suggestion would be to have the ability to handle more writers on their servers. They got that fixed part of the way through the month this past year - I don't think they were expecting so many people to participate! I do recognize that putting on a contest like this and having enough servers costs money - hence, I am declaring how much this contest changed my life and suggesting that more money be awarded to them so they can change other writers' lives.

General Member of the Public & I participated in NaNoWriMo 2010.

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