31-Day Writing Challenge: 2019

Year three. Are you in?

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

I am so, so excited! The Third Annual Ninja Writer 31 Day Challenge starts again on May 1, 2019.

Should we call it NaNiWriMo? National Ninja Writers Month!

I wanted to take a minute today to invite you to join us. Also, let you know what to expect and give you some information to help you get ready to make the most of this thing.

If you want to sign up to get the 31 challenge posts in your email inbox, you can do it with this form:

What you’ll need:

Pretty easy. Just a notebook and a pen, your computer if you use one to write with, and a little time.

This is the notebook I use for this challenge myself. Any notebook at all will work, though.

As for time — you’ll want to commit at least ten minutes each to reading and writing for the month, and sometimes ten more minutes to the day’s challenge task. So twenty to thirty minutes a day. A commitment, for sure, but doable. You’ve got this!

Some resources that might help:

One of the challenges that we’ll be working on is starting an email list. If you don’t have an email server yet, you might want to work on that. Check out this post for info.

There are is a resource in our Etsy shop that you might find helpful — although it isn’t necessary. This is truly a free challenge. But if you want to go a little deeper, though, this is a good place to start.

The Writer Binder is a 220-page download (or you can buy it all printed and ready to go) full of literally every tool I use when I’m writing. If you add The Writer Binder and an Everyday Notebook to your cart, I’ll send your binder printed and bound in the notebook.

You can get a 20% off coupon here.

What to expect:

In May you’re going to:

  • Work on developing some habits that will help you build a writing life.
  • Start to think of your writing as a business.
  • Strengthen some of your writing skills.
  • Fully develop a story idea and test it to make sure it will hold up a novel.
  • Become a part of the Ninja Writer community.

I really hope you’ll join us.



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Shaunta Grimes is a writer and teacher. She is an out-of-place Nevadan living in Northwestern PA with her husband, three superstar kids, two dementia patients, a good friend, Alfred the cat, and a yellow rescue dog named Maybelline Scout. She’s on Twitter @shauntagrimes and is the original Ninja Writer.