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

Rating: 5 stars  

The Nanowrimo experience is a lasting one. I've now written 3 novels, thanks to the prompts and pushes (in the gentlest way) and I'm in the middle of an extensive rework to combine two of them, thanks again to a prompt from the team. Although I probably won't participate again this year, I continue to donate because I know I'll be back...after I finish my rewrite and (hopefully) publish. I've recommended the program to many of my friends and family, all of whom are thrilled to be playing in the Nanowrimo sandbox. One doesn't do it for the goodies, of course, but it also sure helped me that as a Winner, I got a free license to Scrivener, the best writing tool I've ever seen! So...all in all I'm a total fan!

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

A lot

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How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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Role:  Client Served

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

Rating: 5 stars  

Three times I've participated in NaNoWriMo - introduced by my niece - and three times I've had the satisfaction of seeing that yes, in one month, it is possible to create a novel of more than 50,000 words. (Actually, the first was more than 70,000.) Daily emails, tools to help me track my progress, encouragement from online "friends" all helped me to stay on track and committed. Chris Baty, the director, strikes a fine balance between cheerleading, commiserating, and offering helpful pointers. NaNoWriMo is a great tool for staying focused. Now, for the editing stage...and the challenge of trying to combine at least two of my efforts into a single story...and hopefully publication. We'll see!

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

NaNoWriMo kept my nose to the grindstone in the nicest possible way! Its existence and outreach gave me the inspiration to complete my stories and the tools to see how well I was doing against my objectives. The site also offers links to other organizations, like publishers, and resources in the on-demand publishing industry which are very useful, and unique, as far as I can tell.

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

I'm not sure I'd change much, but I'd love it if there were a NaNoWriMo "Edit your work" month.... I could use a push to do that now that I have the basic materials in place.

Role:  Client Served & I wrote 3 novels under this program. .