Ninja Writers Brag Board [January 2021]

Hey Ninjas!

We are so totally stoked to be pulling back the curtain and rolling out the red carpet for the first Ninja Writers Brag Board!

Our Ninja Writers are doing such great things! We want to brag about their accomplishments, big and small. Responses are reviewed and chosen by the Ninja Writers team and posted on the website each month based on the previous month’s responses.

Without further ado, here’s what some of our Ninjas accomplished over the past month:

Manasi Kudtarkar

"My first article, How I Reset Myself to Mental Clarity and Cleaned Up My Habits, was published in Better Humans. Curated in Productivity, Mental Health, Mindfulness and Lifestyle. Totally stoked."

Sarah Terzo

"I finished the first draft of my nonfiction book! Now comes the editing, and then hopefully self-publishing. This is my very first book so it's a big milestone for me. I am hoping there will be more."

Ariel Barrios

"I finished my first chapbook! I will be submitting it to a contest soon :)"

Nicole Brown

"Hit publish for the first time on Medium! My poem, The Necklace Super stoked!!"

Debra McElroy

"Had my first viral article! 430K+ views and 34K+ reads! On Newsbreak, Never Say These 5 Things to a Woman in a Bar."

Debbie Walker

"Over the past year, I built a team of 4 committed women to the Middle-Pause Cause; we have over 70 writers & 500 followers & published more than 320 articles; we created the podcast, STOMP!, rebranded ourselves as MiddlePauseMedia, and changed the logo and colors."


"Finished my latest novel (83,087 words) in two weeks. It was my Christmas challenge."

Juneta Key

"Finished my short story collection, Magic Born or Magic Cursed? Available on Amazon on January 3rd, 2021."

Kudos to all of you from the Ninja Writers team! Keep up the great work.

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Ninja Writers January 2021 Book of the Month: Working Through 'Getting Things Done' by David Allen

In this video, Shaunta Grimes and Meg Stewart reflect on David Allen's 'Getting Things Done'.

Our word of the year and for January 2021 is 'Adapt'. David Allen's 'Getting Things Done' was our book of the month. We hope you enjoyed reading it with us!

Our February word of the month is 'Productivity' and our book of the month is 'Atomic Habits' by James Clear. Stay tuned for work through videos on 'Atomic Habits' coming soon and join our email list to stay up to date and get a free copy of our favorite tool for developing a writing habit!

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Tiny Habits are the Key that Unlocks Real, Meaningful Productivity

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February’s theme, for Ninja Writers, is productivity. Read down to the bottom for our monthly book, habit, and goal.

I have a love-hate relationship with the word ‘productivity.’

It means, of course, ‘the state or quality of producing something.’ Pretty straight forward. But it’s also a seriously loaded word.

Especially right now. Especially during the pandemic. The main excuse for not being productive — we’re too busy with a day job we hate or obligations that yank us away from what we want to produce — has been stripped away for many people.

We’re stuck at home. Maybe we have at least the illusion of more time than we can bear. The time we used to spend going to the movies, eating out, shopping, hanging out with friends and family.

Doing literally anything other than being at home.

I remember last spring hearing the idea that if anyone comes out of this ordeal without having written their book or started their business or learned a new language or whatever, then they were out of excuses.

It was all on them.

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Productivity Frankenstein: Ivy Lee Method and a Personal Kanban Board

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I have a major goal in 2021 of refining my personal productivity methods.

I’m a pretty productive person, in general, but I want productivity peace, you know? I want (need) to find a way to get things done that meshes with my work style, personality, and needs.

I’ve finally come to realize that some other person’s exact method is unlikely to be a perfect fit for me. So, my plan for this year is to do a monthly review of what’s working, what’s not, and refine as needed.

The Ninja Writers word of the year is adapt after all.

My personal adaptation is going to include some mash-ups. Starting with the one I’m sharing with you today: The Ivy Lee Method + a Personal Kanban Board.

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What Type of Writer Are You? All About the Teacher Writer

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Last year I came up with this idea that there are five writer archetypes: teacher, spiller, artist, hesitater, and skipper. After talking to thousands of writers and working through the test with them, I’m confident that the idea of Writer Archetypes is a good one.

I thought I’d write a little series of posts diving deeper into each one. I’m going to start with Teacher Writers.

You can click here to take the Writer Archetype test to find out whether you’re a Teacher Writer. I’ll write about the other four archetypes over the next four days.

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Five Things It’s Okay to Do, Even If It Doesn’t Feel Like It

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That dog? He has nothing to do with this post. I just thought he was adorable. He made me smile. And that made me think about the topic of today’s post — permission.

In the last couple of years, I’ve found myself settling into the role of ‘coach’ in a way that I never expected or meant to do. And as a coach, I find myself repeating the same advice quite often.

It ends up feeling, in many cases, like giving permission. I say the words ‘it’s okay’ or ‘you’re allowed to’ so, so often to my students and clients.

Here are the top five things that, in case you needed to hear it, you have permission to do. Right now. Today.

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Ninja Writers’ 2021 Word of the Year: Adapt

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Yesterday, I wrote about my personal word of the year. Today, I want to talk a little about the Ninja Writers’ word of the year — which is also our theme for January.

The word is adapt.

The definition of the word adapt is to make something suitable for a new use or purpose. To modify.

When I think about the word, I think about things like pivoting and being able to and open to change. Being adaptable, to me, means being able to turn the boat efficiently.

If there has ever been a time in our lifetimes when adapting was a thing we needed to get good at — this is it folks.

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My Favorite Analog Notebooks and Notepads

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Yesterday, I shared my favorite writing utensils. Today, I’d like to share my favorite notebooks and paper products with you.

I’m a seriously analog girl. I really like to write on paper. I use a computer for blogging and writing novels, of course, but for taking notes, planning, and just getting lost in doodling?

Paper, all the way.

My favorite notebooks either have blank pages or faint dot grid. I’m not big on lined paper. I like paper that feels nice — smooth, but with a little tooth to it. Oddly, I appreciate both thick paper that nothing will bleed through, and very thin paper that feels used.

I know that’s weird — feels used. But I like when my notebooks have that texture of paper that’s been flipped through. Like it’s meant to be used. Not too precious.

Here are my favorites.

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Relentless Incrementalism: The Real Power of Habit

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— James Clear, Atomic Habits

James Clear’s book Atomic Habits was one of my favorite reads of 2020. I am so drawn to the idea of the little things we do that are far bigger on the inside than they are on the outside.

Atomic Habits, no joke, are like TARDIS habits, right? They are way more than they appear to be.

I’m taking a class with Crescent Dragonwagon right now and yesterday she talked about ‘relentless incrementalism.’ That’s just a pretty way of saying — do a thing and keep doing it, over and over and over.

Here’s a perfect example: Write for ten minutes every day for the rest of your life and see what happens. (Hint: you’ll be a writer.) That’s relentless incrementilism.

I’ve been thinking about habits I want to relentlessly incrementalize in 2021 and some that I already practice that aren’t serving me very well. Here’s what I came up with.

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My Favorite Writing Utensils

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I have a mild (okay, major) stationary addiction. I’m pretty much a junkie.

Over the next couple of days, I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. Let’s start with writing utensils.


I love writing with a pencil. Really love. Only I’m pretty snobby about them. Not just any pencil will do.

I like that using pencils helps me deal with any anxiety about messing up. Just erase away any mistakes. I also just love the way a pencil feels — kind of sketchy and nostalgic.

I like a regular wooden pencil that I need to sharpen. I don’t have a favorite mechanical pencil, because I don’t ever use them.

Number One: Blackwing Palimino

My absolute favorite pencil is the Blackwing Palimino. My brother, Kyle, sent me a box of them two years ago as a gift and I’ve been careful about using them. And keeping track of them. I have two left, plus several at different levels of used up, and it’s about time for me to order a new box.

These pencils write so smooth, with just the right darkness. Plus, they make me feel fancy.

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