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Beth Clary

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

Rating: 5 stars  

As a free-lance writer with dreams of becoming a fiction writer, particularly a novelist, I stumbled upon NANOWRIMO about 3 years ago. Now I have succeeded in completing the 50,000 words-in-one-month challenge two times. What every writer knows is that showing up at the blank page every day is how you get stories started, keep them going and get them completed. And NANOWRIMO helped me do this by forcing me to meet daily word count and providing daily encouragement from established writers via email. I have two drafts of novels as a result of my two experiences with NANOWRIMO and one of them can be directly credited with helping gain admissions to a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program where I believe the rewritten novel will be ready for publishing. NANOWRIMO held me accountable by encouraging output and supplying technological tools to help me track my progress and connect with other writers. The daily emails or maybe it was less frequent but it seemed daily helped me turn on my computer and start the process which is all it takes most days. It is said that once a person does something every day for 30 days it becomes habit and NANOWRIMO helped daily writing become habit for me.

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

completing two drafts of novels by participating in the NANOWRIMO program.

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

give them more money to improve the technology it takes to more efficiently upload written works to their official counter. I would also expand their publicity so more people in all kinds of situations could participate

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

Role:  Client Served & I wrote 50,000 words in 30 days as part of National Novel Writing Month.