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Review for The Office of Letters and Light, Berkeley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Until NaNoWriMo showed me that you CAN finish a novel, I had done no more than write starting chapters and do outlines. With NaNoWriMo, I have completed six manuscripts. No, they weren't good when they were finished, but you can't fix something until it exists. Every year I have gotten better and I'm on the second draft of my 2011 manuscript. But my story is not the important one. To me, NaNoWriMo's important contribution is providing this same structure and encouragement to high school and elementary school age writers. There is no question in my mind that NaNoWriMo is changing young lives.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for The Office of Letters and Light, Berkeley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

For more than 40 years I said I wanted to write a novel and never seemed to get beyond a few pages. Now, thanks to NaNoWriMo and the Office of Letters and Light, I have completed five -- count 'em -- five 50,000-word manuscripts. If you haven't had the itch to write a book, I may not be able to convey what this means. Not once but five times in the past five years I have done what I spent more than 40 years trying to do. It is one of the most wonderful feelings in the world. Each year the manuscript has gotten better and my 2010 is worth revising and attempting to market. I'd spend more time on this, but I need to get back to editing. It is only 9 months until the next NaNoWriMo, and I need to be finished with this one before then.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

NaNoWriMo taught me to get the words down and edit later. I learned along the way that very often the first version is far better than I thought it was at the time I wrote it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would help them promote NaNoWriMo in more schools.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

I stumbled over a mention of it on the internet.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

This group has taught me to write daily and don't worry about the quality. You can't fix a manuscript you haven't written.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Client Served & I used their guidance to work through practical problems of writing every day to achieve a goal of 50,000 words during the month of November.