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

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been participating in NaNoWriMo for the last six years, with widely varying degrees of success. The last two years, I have finished a novel. Two 50,000-word novels in as many years. That is an accomplishment most people would never dream of accomplishing, one I never would have attempted without the encouragement and community provided by the NaNoWriMo forums, weekly pep talks, and the never-ending enthusiasm of all the staff.

Thanks to the Office of Letters and Light, I have accomplished something that is truly worth being proud of. If I can write an entire novel, beginning to end, in 30 days while working two jobs, I can complete a bachelor's degree. I attribute my determination in finishing college and diving headfirst into all the challenges university life - and life beyond - has to offer in no small part to my participation in NaNoWriMo. All I need to do is open up that old Word file or look at those winner buttons to remind myself what I'm capable of when I put my mind to something.

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I can honestly say that NaNoWriMo has affected every aspect of my life. As a future published author the experience alone is priceless. Completing the NaNoWriMo challenge has increased my confidence in even work and social situations, as I now know that if I put my mind to something I am capable of great things.

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

I would branch out with local offices in large cities scattered across the US, possibly seasonal (in rather the same way that politicians rent out storefronts or small office buildings for their campaign headquarters).

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Doing my small part to ensure that OLL can continue to operate, and operate well, in the coming years.

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Role:  Donor & I have written two full-length novels in as many years, increased my self-worth and determination, and decided to push forward and better myself throughout the year.