My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Office of Letters and Light, Berkeley, CA, USA
A friend told me all about NaNoWriMo about five years ago and had nothing but positive things to say. This past summer another acquaintance mentioned NaNoWriMo and we ended up essentially daring each other to take up the challenge of writing a novel in a month. What followed was well beyond my expectations.
I entered in mid-October and was chomping at the bit to start. Then, shortly before November began, I received the first of several pieces of correspondence. One was from a regional leader who provided encouragement, another was from the head office. Then, as the month progressed, I received periodic pep talks that were indispensible. Some made me laugh, some made me cry, but all resonated in some fashion or another.
What was more beneficial for me though, was the personal page set up for me that graphed my progress on the novel. It provided a visual for how I was – or was not – making my way to the finish line. The statistics on my progress showed me where I was, and where I needed to be.
Finally, after I finished, the prizes were awesome. A video of congratulations from the head office was just what I needed for a good laugh. The certificate I have had framed and sits in a place serving as a reminder of my accomplishment.
NaNoWriMo is one of the best experiences I have ever had. An amzing organization heads it up and I have shared my experience with countless others.
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