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I finished my first draft of a young adult fiction book two days ago!

Being a finisher is such a magical feeling. There’s nothing else like it. Seriously. Nothing in the world. It motivates you and excites you to push on to the next project — and moving forward I am!

How cool would it be if I could finish the first draft of two partially written novels I’ve had sitting around for a while now before the end of the year? Before the end of the month, even? That’s my NaNoWriMo goal and I’ve spent many hours today revisiting my plot board for the second story so that I can hit the ground running tomorrow.

Thankfully I’m part of a writing community that offers LIVE daily NaNoWriMo accountability.

Ninja Writers is such a fabulous place. It’s filled with writers from every level and they’re so welcoming. Building it up is one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done in my entire life, and I’m so proud of the way it continues to shape out.

Here are some ways that Ninja Writers is providing accountability for our community during NaNoWriMo and beyond:

There are so many ways Ninja Writers offers accountability support for writers — I personally think it’s one of our specialties!

Check out our daily writing sprints on YouTube.

As a part of Ninja Writers, Shaunta Grimes and I hold a 10-minute writing sprint on our YouTube channel every day at 10am EST. Our philosophy at Ninja Writers is that 10-minutes a day is all it takes to build a healthy writing routine — and we believe this so much that Shaunta and I have invited writers to watch us do it live! Our group of morning writers has written thousands of words since we started back in March and some have even finished their novels!

Not available during our daily sprinting time? I’ve created fun 10-minute timers that you can play at any time. We added a string of them into different playlists to make a 30-minute and 60-minute timer as well. If you use them, make sure to leave your ending word count in the comments! We love to see your progress.

Here’s the 30-minute playlist:


And here’s the 60-minute playlist:

The Ninja Writers Club offers a live write-in every day — sometimes multiple!

The Club is Ninja Writers’ paid membership subscription that offers you a weekly schedule of classes, workshops, and write-ins.

If you’re not familiar with our write-ins, they’re like writing at a library — everyone is muted upon entry into the zoom call and we all spend a two-hour chunk of time writing and nothing else! Basically, it’s a two-hour-long writing sprint. They are always monitored.

Protip: if you ask the host they’re almost always open to conducting shorter sprints for you.

Here’s our weekly schedule of write-ins you get access to if you’re a part of the Ninja Writers Club:

If you aren’t already in the Ninja Writers Club, what are you waiting for?? Click here to get your first month free.

We’ve started a Facebook group just for NaNoWriMo.

Want to check in with your writing community daily throughout the month of November? Ninja Writers has started up a Facebook group for that and we’d love for you to join us!

Our Ninja Writer Michelle March coordinates it for us and she’s such a great NaNoWriMo hype woman! We love her!

The Facebook group offers daily threads to keep your head in the game and we even put together a leaderboard to log your word count in. It shows how many words Ninja Writers have collectively written during NaNoWriMo. Our count so far? 250,770 words!!! 🎉🎉

Ninja Writers is committed to getting you writing this NaNoWriMo season!

You’ve got this!

Let me know what your NaNo project is this year and how it’s going so far in the comments!

(Don’t forget to claim your free month of the Ninja Writers Club.)


Adrienne Grimes is a writer and a reader of all the things. She lives in Pennsylvania with her two overbearing dogs and her doggish cat. Follow her on Instagram @bookaweekproject and catch her social media and branding classes in the Ninja Writers Guild — a community for every type of writer!