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hergrace42

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

Rating: 5 stars  

I have participated in NaNoWriMo, an Office of Letters and Light every year since I discovered the event. I donate each year because I believe in the power of the project. I wish that the Young Writers Program had been a part of my education. It might not have taken me so many years to claim my identity as a writer if i had taken part in such a supportive program.

NaNoWriMo turned me from a person who thought about writing into a writer. The challenge and encouraging community provided by NaNoWriMo pushed me to write more than I had ever written before.

Breaking through my doubts about writing a novel also helped me to conquer doubts in other creative ventures in my life. I come back every year because I learn more about myself and my creative process every year that I compete. Even when I fail, I learn something useful that I can take with me as I develop my writing skills.

The first year that I failed, I learned that I needed to learn how to structure a plot, so I studied and wrote focusing on plot for a year and my next NaNoWriMo novel had a better plot than any piece of long fiction than I had ever written before.

I would not be blogging regularly if it were not for NaNoWriMo. I am known in several communities as a writer now. Before NaNoWriMo, I didn't even think of myself as a writer. No I really am one.

I haven't published a novel yet, but because of NaNoWrimo, I have had short stories published and have non-fiction material out in the world for people to read.

I can honestly say that NaNoWriMo changed my life.

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

The online community during NaNoWriMo allowed me to write at odd hours of the day and night and never feel alone. Especially my first year, the pep talks sent out by email encouraged and pushed me and kept me going. Without those pep talks, I would never have completed the challenge.

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

keep growing the Young Writer's Program.

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?

Searching the web.

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

I write a lot more than I would have done without this organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Client Served & I have participated in NaNoWrimo as a writer for the past three years.