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

Rating: 5 stars  

This past November was my second time doing NaNoWriMo. I was just as impressed by the quality of pep talks from authors, the quick responses to questions, the organization that brought fellow writers together, and the fun "can do" attitude that fills the OLL site. I finished a novel in thirty days, something that will require a lot of work to polish, but there is nothing like holding that first draft in your hands...something it could have easily taken me a year to do without the support system of OLL. But it doesn't stop there. That "I can do anything" attitude spills over into life after November. It inspires dreams and the action needed to do something about it. OLL is bringing not just more written word to the world, but an army of dreamers who can see no limits to the power of a dream. They are making things better and a future filled with possibilities.

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

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been an avid writer for over 25 years, never having trouble writing or finishing my writing. Until, that is, my Dad passed away in Jan 2009. Words, my one comfort in life, fled me altogether. I couldn't string a handful together. Then a friend told me about NaNoWriMo one week before the start of the Nov 2010 event. I signed up, fully expecting to fail at this too. It started off well, lots of pep talks and chat lounges that let me reach out around the world to other writers and share experiences. There were word races, each region's tally on an easy to find board, and a half dozen other things that sparked the drive to keep going. A little over half done, I despaired and nearly quit. Exhausted and lonely(I had told all my friends and family to stay away), I nearly quit. That day I received the pep talk from Chris Baty, founder of NaNoWriMo. It was simple and eloquent. We're all there, he said. You are not alone. You can push through. I did and reached the 50,000 word goal two days early. Since then I have continued to write. There is joy in my life again. I plan on spending the rest of this year in revision then warn off my friends for another rewarding November. One final note, I am up to my nose in debt and never donate to anything other than my equally cash-strapped local library. I sent OLL $35. It was all I had.

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

November of 2010 and beyond. While the site hums with activity around the world during Nov., I have found it extremely helpful even now. New info is constantly being posted. It is like a hub for all things "writer".

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

Continue to grow. It says something that they have reached my corner of Alaska and are around the world. Did you know they are adding two new languages to their site this year? I think that is just fantastic.

Role:  Client Served & I spent hours on their web site offering encouragement to fellow writers and many more hours hunched over pen and paper seeking the elusive 50,000th word.