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Mara

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

Rating: 5 stars  

The OLL program, NaNoWriMo, has changed my life. Every year I swear I will never do it again, yet every year come October I am filled with excited anticipation. Why? There are so many reasons that I doubt I will be able to remember them all here. First, accomplishing the goal of writing 50K words of fiction in a month inspires me for the entire year. Second, every year writing brings a different experience. Two years ago I was actually able to experience, for the first time, a character literally "taking on a life of their own." I never thought I'd be able to be "creative enough" to write 50K words. Wrong. I am amazed at my creative output. Not because I think I'm SO creative, but because if I can do it, anyone can. This annual adventure has helped me in the area of discipline when it comes to studying in my college classes. I look at life differently, in a more lighthearted way, a creative way. The gang at OLL is responsive; they always return emails, and if there are problems with any merch that has been purchased they're on top of it. The pep talks are fantastic and all those on staff are so encouraging, funny, and creative when it comes to writing. I love what the organization stands for and through their programs they are changing lives. This year, in my Public Communication Class I gave a persuasive speech about why every person should participate in NaNoWriMo because I believe in it that much! I got an "A" on that speech - because, I believe, the evidence is overwhelming in favor of the reasons why. Participate and you will learn for yourself how amazing it is. (I could write a novel about all the reasons why a person should participate).

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

Writing a 50K word fiction novel in 30 days, every year since 2005.

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

Have to think long and hard about how it could be better. It's pretty smashing. I loved the 'count down clock' last year. I didn't see it this year.

Role:  General Member of the Public & I participated in NaNoWriMo.