Guest Post: Gemma-Rose's NaNoWriMo

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 Today we're kicking off our series of guest posts for the month. Our first guest is Gemma-Rose, a three time NaNoWriMo winner, who shares her experiences with NaNoWriMo.

My sisters and I love to write. We also love NaNoWriMo. We've been doing NaNoWriMo for three years now. When I did my first NaNoWriMo, I was not much of a writer. I thought writing one thousand words in a month was impossible. Every day I sat down at the big, slow desktop computer and laboriously wrote one hundred words. Some days I was doing so well I managed an entire two hundred!

Nowadays I can write a thousand words in one day. This year I’m aiming for thirty thousand words. It is a lot of words for me, but my family always helps me keep up. Imogen organises word sprints for us with cool music. She sets the timer to ten minutes and we race to see how many words we can write. It’s always fun to see how many words each person has written at the end.

NaNoWriMo is a brilliant event, if very hard to do. It is a lot of fun doing NaNoWriMo when everybody joins in because then you can share funny quotes out of your novel. Whenever somebody falls behind in their novel, Imogen will quickly organise a word sprint and help them catch up. When I get to my word goal after being behind, I always feel really good.

I always write one of the messiest novels ever to be sure, but as Imogen always says in her blog posts “It can be edited”. NaNoWriMo is awesome and it always is very fun. I am glad that I have so many sisters to do it with! NaNoWriMo is always way more fun if you write with other people.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? How many words are you aiming for?




Gemma-Rose is a ten year old writer from Australia. She likes NaNoWriMo, fantasy books, listening to super-awesome music, and playing with her excitable puppy, Nora. She occasionally blogs at Gebbles Writes.

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8 comments

  1. Awesome post, how inspiring! You are going to go far - if I was writing 30k a month when I was ten, I might be the next Stephen King by now xD Keep it up, you have so much time ahead of you and your early persistence is going to help you so much!

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment Stefanie. Gemma-Rose was thrilled to read it. I think she's planning on answering you herself when she can tear herself away from her novel.

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    2. Thank you for reading my post! You made my day with your comment!

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  2. Gemma Rose is impressive and inspiring! While other kids her age are wasting time online, she contributes good things on the blogosphere. Bravo!

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    1. Thank you SuperLux. Gemma-Rose is quite an inspiration for me actually. I wasn't writing anything much at her age, but she's been doing NaNo for three years now. I'm sure she'll be thrilled to see your comment. Thanks for visiting.

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  3. Awww that's sooo adorable :3 I'd have loved to know about NaNo when was at school, I think my friends and I would have kept up lighthearted competitions as well. Back then we just wrote on forums, and that was fun too.

    Go you, Gemma-Rose!!!! It's great she's having fun doing a (usually stressful) challenge like NaNoWriMo, heh. =P By the way Imogen, I love the header for this blog. It's so pretty and simplistic and also I lub pink :D

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    1. Aw thanks. I'm not really great at design myself, but one of my sisters is and she made the whole blog design for me so I'll have to pass your compliment on to her. She'll be super pleased.

      I wish I had known about it back then too. I wasn't even writing much back there, and she's already writing nearly full length novels. I'm sure she'll be an amazing writer if she sticks with it. Thanks for stopping to comment!

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