Creative License

Vonnegut, Imagineering, Rich Preppers

Hey, Ninja Writer!

Here are some things I thought you might enjoy this week.

1) I’m reading The Imagineering Workout by The Disney Imagineers and it’s so fun. A definite must add to your writing library, even though it’s not specifically about writing. The exercises are incredible. I’m slowly making my way through all of them.

2) Here are the books that Ninjas are reading this week. Check it out. Build up your TBR list.

3) There’s a Creative License in The Imagineering Workout. I couldn’t find a printable version, so I was inspired to make a Ninja Writer Creative License. I posted mine by my desk. Here’s yours.

4) Ray Bradbury’s advice to writers is to write a short story every week for a year. I thought it would be fun if I started offering up a flash-fiction writing prompt. Check it the link I’ll give you in just a second. Write a 500 word or less story. If you want to, copy it into Google Doc and share the link on our Facebook Group. Use the hashtag #ninjaflash. Here’s this week’s prompt: how the ultra-rich prep for doomsday.

5) My friend Rooze featured me (and Ninjas!) in the first issue of Centerpoint, her mini-mag. She gave me permission to share the digital version with you guys.

6) There was some discussion on our Facebook Group about why I don’t allow straight-up political talk there. There is a difference between talking about politics in a way that relates to writing, and randomly posting about politics. I really enjoyed this blog post from Kristine Kathryn Rusch about writing during difficult times. It does a good job of the kind of political discussion that benefits our community.

7) We saw the movie Gold this week. I’m mixed about it. Matthew McConaughey borders on being a clown. He was distracting. But the movie is set in my town, Reno, which was super fun to see. And the story was better than I expected it to be. Here’s an interesting article about how the movie veered from the true story behind it.

8) I watched the first couple of episodes of The CW’s Riverdale this week. Turning Archie comics into a dark, Twin Peaks-y drama seems kind of brilliant to me. I’m excited to see where it goes. (Josie and the Pussycats are an added bonus.)

9) Kurt Vonnegut on how to write a good short story. “Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.”

10) We hit our first goal on Patreon! I’m working hard to get the reward ready: A Hump Day Writing Prompt eBook. Every supporter gets a copy — even at the $1 per month level. I’m so incredibly humbled by the support of this amazing community. Thank you!

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P.S. From Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s article, linked above:

“Don’t beat yourself up for not writing. But don’t devalue your writing either. Your writing has value too. It simply must get set aside during a time of crisis, like you would set aside a normal routine or even the opportunity to sleep in your own bed.

Realize that the writing will be there waiting for you when the crisis is over.”

Shaunta Grimes is a writer and teacher. She lives in Reno with her husband, three superstar kids, and a yellow rescue dog named Maybelline Scout. She’s on Twitter @shauntagrimes, is the author of Viral Nation and Rebel Nation, and is the original Ninja Writer.