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A fantastic networking opportunity…The Writer’s Dojo.

Community is so important in this day and age.

We blog, we tweet, we email, we attend conferences all to connect with other writers, people who get the craziness that comes with writing and publishing.

Welcome Ali Cross, friend and fellow author, as she tells you about the awesomeness that is the Writer’s Dojo.

The Writer’s Dojo is returning to its roots and invites you to join in on the fun! 

When I first started the writer’s dojo in 2008, I did it as a way to keep the glory of National Novel Writing Month alive all year long. I loved the camaraderie and support I received during the month of November and desired that same feeling of community every month of the year, in every aspect of writing–not just the drafting.

Beginning February 1st, 2013, the writer’s dojo returns to its roots and ushers in a new age of ninjawesomeness.

Each month we will open three training rooms at the writer’s dojo website. A room for drafters (Writing Month, aka WriMo), a room for revisers (Revising Month, aka ReMo) and a room for those querying (Querying Month, aka QuMo).


We invite you to set your own goals, whether it’s to write a thousand words a day, revise ten pages a week, or submit twenty queries in a month, and register your goal in the appropriate training room.

Every Monday we’ll post the leaderboard for the previous week, and at the end of each month those who met their goal will be able to post the coveted Writing Ninja Warrior badge on their blog or website.

To help you reach your goals, we have a number of ways to support you:

CHATS: At the dojo every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

TWITTER: Anytime, day or night, at #writingninja.

GOOGLE+: Join our community for random write-ins and sprints.

NEWSLETTER: Subscribe to our Ninja News and once a month you’ll receive an email with an encouraging note and a list of the top performers for the previous month. There will also be opportunities for giveaways, starting with February’s newsletter!

We hope to see you at the dojo as you reach for–and achieve–your goals!

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Nanowrimo is really an alien language.

My grumpy bad day that ended with a smile. That’s what I almost titled this post.

I love spy movies. I saw the trailer for Hanna last year and couldn’t wait for it to come to Red Box. Guess what? It has! My hub shared that crucial info with me last Thursday.

I said, “Did you get it?” In my mind I’m thinking it’s Thursday, we’ll watch it on Friday, what’s 2 bucks?

He said, “No.”

Immediate despair hit me because I knew it would probably be gone on Friday. Well, Friday came and it poured all day! He arrived home with a movie. In my head, I had it all planned – home made pizza on a whole wheat crust and Hanna. Because miracles happen.

I asked with crossed fingers. “What movie did you get?”

He didn’t answer, which wasn’t a good sign at all! My son exclaimed, “It’s PAUL. It’s a funny alien movie.” And he went on to explain the movie to me. (I have no idea how or where he absorbs this kind of info.) I thought it sounded totally dumb.

Grumpily, I said, “Fine. I’ll probably go read after the first ten minutes.” Because it really was my hub’s fault for not getting Hanna on Thursday.

While the movie opened, I explained to my long suffering and patient husband that my grumpiness wasn’t because we couldn’t watch Hanna. It was because I’d spent September and most of October not getting much done with my writing. I’d written 30k and scratched the first draft. I’d outlined 4 different novels and had only recently found the right idea to pursue. That felt like a lot of wasted time. And I needed a good escape!

I watched PAUL. It was dumb with some funny parts. Overall, not too bad. Hey, I watched it.

With the credits rolling, out of nowhere, I said, “I’m going to do Nanowrimo this year.” (Mainly because I desperately need to feel productive.)

After watching an alien movie, my hub looked at me like I was an alien. We both cracked up.

“You’ve never heard of it?” I gasped. He hadn’t. So I explained it.

And realizing how funny Nanowrimo sounds after watching an alien movie ended my day with a smile.

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