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Blemonski

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

Rating: 5 stars  

National Novel Writing Month changed the way I treated writing rough drafts. Because I only had to spend one month on a novel if I didn't like it, I had the chance to try things I otherwise wouldn't have taken risks on. In some cases I pushed through drafts I would have killed and ended up saving them because I kept at it. NaNoWriMo is the reason I can say I've written 7 novels, and I'm only 18.

Writing is a solitary business, and it's hard to find community, but NaNoWriMo offers that. When people ask me what my favorite holiday is, I say November.

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

I have made friends through NaNo, and I have seen friends who struggled to complete even short stories finish fifty thousand word novels in a month. I was able to practice writing and take my work directions I otherwise would have considered too "risky" to waste the time and effort on. This helped me develop my style and voice, not to mention take the first steps toward my goal of publication.

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

I'm pretty satisfied with the event. It does what I want it to do, and it's free. I suppose I'd like there to be more post-NaNo stuff about editing... perhaps even pep-talks for editing and publishing like they give for writing the rough drafts during November, but I'm not sure how that could be arranged.

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?

An article from a magazine talked about teenagers who bebefitted from the event.

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

Courage when writing novels. To take risks, and not be afraid to face an empty page.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Client Served & I wrote novels.