Monthly Planner for Writing Accountability: An Annual FRED

In case you’re new here: FRED is the Folder for Reaching the End of your Draft. It’s an analog tool Ninjas use to keep track of their daily writing. It’s been downloaded thousands of times and is the best accountability tool I’ve ever used.

So, when I found this notebook and realized that it was essentially not only a full year FRED, but could also hold the story notes for a novel, I bought it. And it’s awesome!

The notebook is the Erin Condren Monthly Planner. It’s a lined notebook with a monthly calendar in the front.

I made you this quick video showing you how I have my annual FRED set up.

Erin Condren’s stuff is mostly VERY girlie. I picked a cover that was as gender neutral as possible, because there are Ninja Writers who maybe don’t want flowers or sparkles on their FRED. I picked the customizable quote cover.

The notebook is available here.

When you get to the site, first sign up to get your $10 discount.

Then click “Planners & Books” and then “Monthly Planners.”

From now until March 31, you can get the notebook for half off!

Here are some pictures:

Very writerly cover!

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Monthly calendar. To use it like a FRED, just give yourself a sticker everyday that you meet your writing goal. These boxes are big enough to make note of things like goals and deadlines if you want to.

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The rest of the planner is just a lined notebook. I have the first few pages set up as a log, which is the second part of the FRED. There’s one page per month. Every day I can just write the date and what work I did that day. It helps me to feel professional. It’s visual proof of how hard I’m working, which frankly, sometimes I really need.

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And then the rest of the lined pages, I’m really excited about. It’s just the right size to use to plan a novel using The Plotting Workshop. The story I’m writing right now, I already plotted in another notebook, but in a month or two I’ll be ready to start working on the next story and I’m going to just plan it right in here.

The paper is high quality and nice to write on, by the way.

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Okay, also, I made this little printable PDF thing for you. You can print it, use double-sided tape to stick the two sides together, then laminate it. I tell my printer to print it in A5 size. The lamination makes it so that you can use a dry erase marker (or wet erase, so it won’t smear. That’s what I do.) to keep track of your writing progress.

I use mine as a bookmark.

One side has a sort of bar chart thing you can fill in for a week. (Make sure the plastic is totally dry after you clean it before you write on it, or you get wonky letters!)

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And the other side has a chart where you can write down your word count everyday for a month. And a space for notes.

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Ninja Writer’s Academy: Backstory, Bodies, and Books

stocksnap_l4i1pqe99fWelcome to the ABCs of Fiction Writing!

We’re moving right along to the letter B. And B is for Backstory, Bodies, and Books.

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Backstory

Backstory is what happens to your character or characters before the story starts. It’s basically everything from conception up to the point when they enter the stage of your book.

I think a good and very famous example of backstory is right there in the Star Wars franchise. You have the original three movies, where you’re introduced to a truly evil, iconic bad guy (Darth Vader.) Then, a generation later, you get the backstory in another trilogy. Watchers get to watch Darth Vader grow up, fall in love, lose his mind. All of that, everything that happened in movies 1-3 is backstory for movies 4-6.

Make sense?

You obviously don’t have to (nor should you) put all of your backstory into your book. But you should know. If your hero is afraid to fall in love, you should know why, even if it doesn’t make it into the story. If your hero’s best friend follows her around like a puppy dog, you need to know why. If your villain can’t stand to see women hurt, you need to know why.

Do this:

Pick a character. Now pick a quirk. It can be anything that makes your character unusual. Have they eaten Corn Flakes every morning for breakfast? Do they have insomnia? Have they lived alone since they were seventeen?

Now write the backstory for that quirk. It can (and really should) just be a few paragraphs. A page, tops. A couple of sentences is fine.

Bodies

One of the things that is the easiest to get caught up with in writing is describing your characters. Especially point-of-view characters. A mistake I see pretty often is dropping an info dump when a new character is introduced. Like this:

Hannah had long blonde hair. She was short and squat and all that hair made her look like a Sasquatch, though. She’d refused to cut her hair, though, because her mother had told her that short hair would make her face look fatter–and it stuck. Her best feature was her eyes. They were blue-green, an oceanic color that would have been attractive if anyone ever saw past her hair.

So, see what we have there? A big block of exposition. A whole lot of telling. And if you’ve been deep in Hannah’s POV, this pulled you right out. Because it’s very unlikely that Hannah herself is sitting there having this thought in the moment of the story.

I mean. Who thinks of their own eyes as oceanic?

There are a couple of things you can do to make this better.

  1. Only give character description when absolutely necessary. Don’t go crazy. Let the reader use their imagination.
  2. Give description as part of scene, instead of exposition when you can.

Here’s how that might work in this case.

“Let me cut your hair.”

Hannah stopped dead, a hair brush halfway through her waist-length hair. “What?”

“I’m serious. You could probably sell it. Some chick with platinum extensions would pay a fortune.”

“I’m not letting you cut my hair.”

Shannon shook her head. “Why not? You’d look fantastic.”

“No, I wouldn’t.”

“Yes, you would.”

Hannah went back to brushing. The sun streaming in her bedroom window caught the white blonde strands. “Short hair makes your face look fatter.”

“Are you kidding me?”

“My mom says so.”

“You’re mom’s crazy. You’re too short for all that hair. It makes you look like a Sasquatch.”

Hannah put her brush down. “Jesus, Shannon.”

“I’m sorry. You know I’m kidding. But serious, let me cut your hair. It would make your eyes look fantastic.” Shannon came up behind her, bent down and wrapped her arms around Hannah’s shoulders, looked at her through the mirror in front of them. “I wish I had eyes like yours. They’re the color of the ocean when we went to Jamaica last year.”

I just spit that out, but you get what I’m talking about, right? Now, not only do we know that Hannah has long hair that’s too much for her frame and ocean blue eyes, but we learn more about her. She’s got a blunt friend who means well (maybe?) and that her vanity is warring with her mother’s advice.

Do This

Pick a character and write a scene where you reveal something about their appearance without exposition.

Books

Stephen King said: If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or tools) to write.

Here’s how I interpret that: If you have certain amount of time set aside for writing everyday, you need to chunk some of it to reading. It’s part of your work. It’s part of your business.

You cannot be the best writer you can be if you’re not reading. Period.

You just can’t.

I’m going to talk about reading more generally when we get to R, but I want to talk to you today about books–specifically building a writing craft library.

I’m going to share what’s in my personal craft library with you, but it’s personal. You might have other favorites and that’s okay.

My advice is to try to read at least one craft book a month. Do the exercises. Apply what you’re learning to your work. Don’t just skim, is what I’m saying. My list will get you through the first year.

Here’s my library:

Do this:

Pick a writing craft book. Get your hands on it (paper or digital, but hopefully in some form that you can keep for your personal library.) Read it. Do the exercises. Really ingest it and apply what you’re learning in your own work.

Here’s your homework this weekend, Ninja!

Are you in this week? Leave a comment here and let me know. Ninja Writers are ALL about the big A word: Accountability. Post here that you’re going to be part of the Academy this week, then do it, Ninja.

Pick an assignment and do it, then come share your work on Facebook.  It can help to get feedback from other writers.

Come hang out with me during office hours. I’ll be online in our Facebook Group on Sunday from noon to 1 p.m. PST to answer all of your writing questions.

Please share this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, and spread the word about the Ninja Academy.

If you haven’t joined the Academy yet, you can click here to do that. It’s totally free–when you sign up, I’ll send you a link.

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Ninja Writer’s Book Club: 3/24/2017

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Here are some books that Ninja Writers are reading this week. Take a look, add some books to your TBR list. Next Tuesday, come on over to our Facebook group and let us know what you’re reading.

(The links here are affiliate links. If you click one and buy something, you’re supporting Ninja Writers. Thank you!)

My contribution this week is The Philip K. Dick Reader. It’s a collection of short stories that includes some of his most famous, like Minority Report and Total Recall. Dick is one of my most favorite writers of all time. Minority Report was an inspiration for Viral Nation. There is just something about mid-century sci-fi that does it for me.

I’m also just diving into Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. I was at a signing with the author a couple of years ago in Carson City and I’m a little embarrassed that it’s taken me so long to read this book.

Non-Fiction

Classics + Literary

Historical

Mystery + Thriller

Romance

Short Stories

Speculative

YA

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Hump Day Writing Prompt: Visual Inspiration

hump-day-writing-promptToday’s Hump Day Writing Prompt has two parts.

Go online and do an image search for a picture that speaks to you about your story. It doesn’t have to be a perfect fit. Just look around until something grabs you.

Then write the story behind the picture. Think about what’s outside the frame.

My Turn

I came across this picture in a post on Daily Mail about a photographer who documented a Florida roller rink in the 1970s. It made me think about my main character’s parents. Roona is very attached to her roller skates, throughout my story. What if the reason why is that the only picture she has of her father is this one, where he’s at a rink with her mother and they’re young and happy and obviously in love?

Moment in time: Photographer Bill Yates spent from the autumn of 1972 to the summer of 1973 taking snaps inside the Sweetheart Rink

(Like I said, the picture doesn’t have to be perfect. My story happens in Nevada, not Florida. And the people that this picture made me think about weren’t born until the 1980s.)

Roona sat on her bed, wedged in the corner with her knees pulled up to her chin. She opened her copy of The Hobbit, the one with her mother’s name written in pencil on the first page, and took out the picture. She’d had it for almost a year and so far she’d been able to keep it secret. She ran her finger over her father’s face. She knew it was her dad because her mom had written “Curtis and Miranda, 1999” on the back with a marker. She’d never seen her mom look as happy as she was in the picture. If she’d baked cookies that day, good luck and laughter would have bubbled up in anyone who ate one, like ginger ale bubbles.

Your Turn

Find a picture and write about it, then come share it on Facebook if you want some feedback.

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Ninja Writer Book Club: 3/17/17

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Here are some books that Ninja Writers are reading this week. Take a look, add some books to your TBR list. Next Tuesday, come on over to our Facebook group and let us know what you’re reading.

(The links here are affiliate links. If you click one and buy something, you’re supporting Ninja Writers. Thank you!)

My contribution to this list this week is Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. It’s a middle grade book about the Holocaust that I haven’t read before, but is a classic. The Giver, by Lowry, is one of my favorites so I’m pretty excited about this one.

I’m also reading The Imagineering Way by the Disney Imagineers. Just pure fun. I think you’ll like this one if your creativity muscle needs a little goose.

And I read a whole PILE of picture books that were required for my MFA. I’m not going to list them all, but I particularly loved reading Skippyjon Jones like a reader. It’s about a little Siamese cat who thinks he’s a Chihuahua. The use of language is fantastic.

I turned in my third packet of my second MFA semester in this week. Two more to go and then I’m half done with this degree. Go me!

NON-FICTION

CHILDREN

CLASSIC + LITERARY

MYSTERY + THRILLER

ROMANCE

SHORT STORIES

SPECULATIVE

YA

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Hump Day Writing Prompt: Make a List

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Yesterday I came across this idea online that if you make a list of 10 ideas a day, you’ll turn yourself into an idea machine. (Look out for Sunday’s newsletter. I’ll share that link. If it’s past Sunday, check out the archives for The NW #12.)

That got me thinking. Wouldn’t thinking about our characters’ ideas be a great exercise?

So today’s prompt is to make a list of 10 ideas. They can be anything. Except a to-do list. A to-do list doesn’t count.

Here are 10 ideas for your 10 list:

  1. 10 favorite books.
  2. 10 ways to solve a problem.
  3. 10 favorite cartoon characters.
  4. 10 people they’ve hurt, and how to make amends.
  5. 10 people they’d kiss.
  6. 10 things they could do to fall asleep at night.
  7. 10 crazy inventions.
  8. 10 jobs they wish they had.
  9. 10 dogs they’ve known.
  10. 10 bad habits they want to break.

Really, it can be anything. This should be fun! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

My Turn:

I’m working on a middle grade book called Wonder Roo. The story is told by Gideon, but it’s really about his next door neighbor, Roona. Roona is a 12-year-old girl who may or may not be magic. She believes that her old baby blanket makes her Wonder Roo and that her mother bakes her emotions into the goodies she sells–and passes them on to the people to eat them. It’s hard for Gideon to argue with what he sees.

Here’s Roona’s list of 10 ways to survive middle school.

  1. Keep my blanket in my backpack.
  2. Save some good-mood cookies in the freezer, for emergencies.
  3. Make sure Mom doesn’t bring cupcakes for my birthday. (Especially if the frosting is blue.)
  4. Find the library. Pronto.
  5. Wear striped socks.
  6. Use Wonder Roo in emergencies.
  7. Make friends.
  8. Pay attention.
  9. Join the soccer team.
  10. Be brave.

Your Turn:

Write your character’s 10 list and come share it on Facebook if you want some feedback.

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Ninja Writers Academy: A is For Active Voice, Action, and Acts

I thought it would be fun to do a Ninja Writer Academy series: The ABCs of Fiction Writing.

Let’s start at the very beginning. With the letter A, of course. And A is for Active Voice, Action, and Acts. Plus, an important little bonus dose of Audacity at the end.

You can follow this series on Medium. Also, if you’d like a PDF of each post in this series, head over to Patreon and support Ninja Writers at any level.

Active Voice

Let’s get the grammar part out of the way.

A passive voice is an ACTUAL thing. It’s when the subject of a sentence is just sitting there (passively) having something done to it.

Here are some examples of passive voice:

Beauty was kissed by the Beast.

Humbert was infatuated by Lolita.

The books were burned by Montag the Fireman.

See how that works? Beauty, Humbert, and the books are the subjects of these sentences and they just sit there being DONE TO.

Let’s make those sentences active.

The Beast kissed Beauty.

Lolita infatuated Humbert.

Montag the Fireman burned the books.

There we go. Now we have an active voice. The previous subjects become the objects and the subjects now are: the Beast, Lolita, and Motag. And they are actively acting.

They can also be present tense.

The Beast kisses Beauty.

Lolita infatuates Humbert.

Montag the Fireman burns the books.

These sentences are technically active, but weak enough to feel wishy-washy or passive-like:

The Beast was kissing Beauty.

Lolita was infatuating Humbert.

Montag the Fireman was burning the books.

Meh. Right? Use a good, solid past (or present) tense verb and most times you’ll have an active voice going on.

Do This:

You can start by searching your whole manuscript for the word ‘was’ and the verb ending “-ing.” Get rid of as many as you can. That will help you make sure you’re using nice strong active verbs.

If you have any actual passive verbs (remember, that’s the subject of the sentence having something done to it) cut that out.

Action

A couple of years ago I went to a conference where the author Walter Dean Myers was the keynote speaker.

First: he was amazing.

Second: the thing he taught that stuck with me the most was the idea of making sure that every scene in your book has an action.

It doesn’t have to be a crazy balls-to-the-wall action. You probably don’t want your entire book to be one giant fight scene, broken up with car chases and skydiving.

But if you’re going to have two characters talking to each other, make sure they’re doing something that moves the story forward while they do.

The action can tell the reader something about the character or the situation. It can move the story forward by solving a problem through action (sometimes a car chase/fist fight/skydive is necessary after all.)

Do this: 

Walter Dean Myers spoke at a conference I went to about how he comes up with 30 key scenes as part of his pre-writing and makes sure each one has an action. It’s a great exercise.

Acts

This one is pretty simple and I bet you already know it.

Every book-length story has three acts. Basically: A beginning, a middle, and an end.

I’m not blowing you away here, right?

Usually, the beginning and end of a book are each about one quarter of the whole, and the middle is half of the story that can be divided in half.

That’s right.

Modern stories generally follow a FOUR act structure. We just call it a three act story because we always have, since cavemen pretty much.

Thinking of your long second act as two acts is useful for a couple of reasons.

It reminds you to put a climactic scene in the middle of the book, which helps make sure your second act doesn’t sag.

And it gives some structure to build your subplots around.

Do this:

Go to thescriptlab.com and read how a bunch of your favorite movies break into three acts. It helps to see how a story you can take in all in a sitting fits into this structure.

Bonus A word: Audacious.

If you spend anytime at all around writers, you are definitely going to hear some variation on this theme: I’m never happy with anything I write.

It’s almost like writers think that to be taken seriously, they have to think they suck.

The thing is though that it’s a long, often lonely road between wanting to be a writer and being published so that anyone other than your mother and your best friend can read what you write.

I’m just going to be very blunt here.

If you don’t love your story, how are you really going to expect anyone else to.

It’s okay (and maybe essential) to know that you’re still learning. It’s fair to understand that you are still a work in progress.

But for God’s sake, if you hate your work, don’t expect readers to love it.

Do this: 

Give yourself permission to have the audacity to believe that you’re talented and that you’re writing a killer story. You’re going to need it.

Here’s your homework this weekend, Ninja!

Are you in this week? Leave a comment here and let me know. Ninja Writers are ALL about the big A word: Accountability. Post here that you’re going to be part of the Academy this week, then do it, Ninja.

Pick an assignment and do it, then come share your work on Facebook.  It can help to get feedback from other writers.

Come hang out with me during office hours. I’ll be online in our Facebook Group on Sunday 3/12/17 from noon to 1 p.m. PST to answer all of your writing questions.

Please share this post on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, and spread the word about the Ninja Academy.

If you haven’t joined the Academy yet, you can click here to do that. It’s totally free–when you sign up, I’ll send you a link.

If you’d like to support Ninja Writers, check out our Patreon page.

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Ninja Writer Book Club: 3/10/17

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Here are some books that Ninja Writers are reading this week. Take a look, add some books to your TBR list. Next Tuesday, come on over to our Facebook group and let us know what you’re reading.

(The links here are affiliate links. If you click one and buy something, you’re supporting Ninja Writers. Thank you!)

My contribution to this list is Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig. I read it on the plane to and from Nashville last week. It’s a clever, high-octane story, really well written. One thing that was really interesting to me is that the main character, Miriam Black, has Chuck Wendig’s voice. His odd way of cursing. His funny way of looking at the world. She’s Chuck Wendig, if Chuck Wendig was a 22-year-old psychic girl. Anyway, I really loved the book and will definitely read forward in the series.

I was sad to see that the sticker on the front of the book promising a television series to come isn’t true.

I’m also rereading the novella “The Body” out of Stephen King’s book Different Seasons. I forgot how good that story is! As a writer, my favorite part is something that I missed when I read the story the first time years and years ago. There’s a short story embedded in the novella that the main character (who is basically Stephen King) tears apart. It’s fascinating. It’s like King critiquing himself.

I’m still making my slow way through Lisa Cron’s Story Genius. I’m really enjoying doing the exercises. I’m thinking about starting up a thing where everyone in the 1000 Day MFA reads a craft book together every month and works on the exercises (if they want to.) What do you think?

Non-Fiction

Children

Classics + Literary

Historical

Humor

Mystery + Thriller

Short Stories

Speculative

YA

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Hump Day Writing Prompt: Character Fidgets

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Last week my husband bought something called a fidget cube. It’s basically just a cube with different fidgety things on each of the six sides. I feel like this is a particularly apt quirk for Kevin, because he’s a craps dealer. He spends a lot of time with dice in his hand.

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So, the fidget cube made me start thinking about character fidgets.

I don’t know about you, but I find myself having EVERY character do a lot of shifting weight from foot to foot or nodding or pacing or smiling. My characters smile a lot. When they’re happy, when they’re sad, when they’re nervous. They’re smiley people.

So smiley that I have to search for smiles in my finished manuscripts and tone them down.

Everyone has a fidget. Something they do when they have to do something. I spin a pin between my fingers. I know a girl with the (terrible) habit of chewing on the ends of her hair. My husband, when he isn’t fidgeting with his new cube, rubs the bridge of his nose, even though he hasn’t worn glasses in fifteen years.

Fidgets do a couple of important things in fiction.

They’re beats.

While you want to be careful about having your protagonist bite their thumbnail on every page of your book, a fidget can be a good way to pace your dialogue. It forces the reader to stop for a second, the way your character might.

They provide character insight.

Why does your protagonist rub at their lower back or whistle under their breath? Is it a tell? Maybe they only do it when they’re lying or feeling guilty or hiding a juicy secret.

This week’s prompt:

Write a scene that includes a character’s fidget. It can be your protagonist, but I think that even minor characters can be deepened by having some sort of tell (if it moves the story forward.)

My Example:

(The fidget is highlighted.)

Mom wouldn’t let me leave the house without eating breakfast and she wouldn’t let me go to anyone’s house, not even our next door neighbor’s, before nine a.m. After I got dressed and ate some banana bread, I sat at the kitchen table fully dressed, with my shoes on, drumming at the table with my fingers, watching the clock tick slowly, slowly from 8:34 to 9:00.

The instant it did, I went into my parents’ bedroom. “Can I go to Roona’s?”

“Your room,” Mom said.

“I promise to finish it after lunch.” I looked at Dad. “Please?”

It was his first day at his new job. He was going to work in marketing at a big casino on the outskirts of the most outskirt town in the world. He adjusted his tie and said, “Your whole room unpacked by the time I get home from work sounds great to me.”

“I don’t know about my whole room,” I said.

He held out his hands, like it wasn’t up to him, then pointed his forefingers at me. “It was your plan, Boss. Have fun with Roona this morning, then get to work.”

Mom lifted her eyebrows and I said, “Okay, fine.”

“Can I go?” Harper asked from the bedroom door. “I want to go.”

“No way.”

“Mooom! I want to go with Gideon.”

“I need your help here, Harper.”

Harper pouted and I left while I had the chance.

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Ninja Writer Membership Drive

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I just got home from Nashville, where I was at a very small and focused writing conference. I spent the whole weekend thinking about what I want for Ninja Writers.

One thing I want, all the way down to my toes, is to be able to pay some fantastic writers at a decent rate for contributing to our brand spanking new quarterly zine, The NW.

There are basically four pay categories for short fiction.

  1. Non-paying.
  2. Token paying (less than 1 cent per word)
  3. Semi-pro (1-4 cents per word)
  4. Professional (5 cents or more per word)

The first issue of The NW (our Zine) is coming out in April and here’s the deal: I really, really, REALLY want to be able to pay the authors who contribute at a professional rate. They are professional, and they deserve it.

That means paying each one a minimum of $25.

To do that, I need 250 Patreon subscribers. Right now we’re at 187. We can close that gap, right?

(I’m just going to throw this out there: if we can get to 1000 patrons, I can pay those writers $100 and THAT is my pie in the sky goal.)

So . . . a membership drive is in order. Remember those from elementary school PTA? (Am I dating myself here?)

To become a patron, click here and choose your level of support.

I have a couple of rewards that I’m going to give everyone who is a patron on April first.

1. You’ll be matched up with an accountability partner . . . regardless of level. This is usually only offered to patrons at the $10 level and above!

2. You’ll get an advance copy of my new novel WASTED as soon as it becomes available. (In April.)

3. If you become a patron at the $10 level or above, I’ll give you an @ninjawriters.org email address!

4. There will be a thank you page (or two!) in the zine AND in my novel WASTED with every single patron’s name. I would love to include yours!

The only way to actually get a copy of The NW is to become a patron. Every patron, even at the $1 level, gets the digital zine. (Also, I send EVERYONE a little love bomb in the mail with a mini-zine and a Ninja Writer Membership Card.)

The March reward for the $3 level of support was a copy of The Writing Planner, which is a $20 value. Anyone supporting Ninja Writers at the $3 level also get the January reward (The Plotting Workshop eBook) and the February reward (31 Days of Being a Ninja Writer.)

At the $5 (if you live in the US) or $6 (if you don’t) level you get a hard copy of the zine.

At the $10 level, you get all of that, plus you get to be part of The 1000 Day MFA. I can’t even tell you how exciting that group has been over the last month. If you’re ready to take your writing to the next level, this is definitely the place you want to be.

And at the $25 level you get all of that, plus access to the A Novel Idea course for as long as you stay a patron. A Novel Idea is a year-long program that will take you through every step of writing your novel.

Here’s the link to check out all of the rewards at every level of support.

There are a lot of reasons why supporting your writing community is important. It lets me keep producing content for you (and for everyone) and it keeps the lights on. It lets the world know that Ninja Writers is important enough for members to put their support behind. And, human nature being what it is, putting a little skin in the game has powerful psychological benefits when it comes to productivity and actually putting your butt in a chair and your words on the page.

If we can get to $1500 of support by April 1, I’ll be able to put two additional stories into the zine and pay those writers at the rate set by the number of patrons on April 10. If we can get to $2000, I’ll be able to publish and pay four additional writers.

I’m so humbled by and grateful for the support and love that I feel just pouring in from every Ninja every day. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 

P.S. If you want to become a patron and claim your rewards, just click here. It would be AWESOME if you’d share that link with other writers.

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