Ninja Writers Club

Ready to finally write that book?

Your Instructor

Shaunta Grimes
Shaunta Grimes

Shaunta Grimes is the author of Viral Nation and Rebel Nation.

She blogs at whatisaplot.com.

Ninja Writers is her happy place.

I know you.

You've wanted to write stories for as long as you can remember.

You've tried NaNoWriMo a few times. You've won. Or you haven't. (It doesn't really matter.)

You have a hard drive full of great starts and precisely zero finished drafts you're happy with.

Your desire to be a writer is bone deep. It's heart deep. It's what you're supposed to be doing.

I know you, because I've been you. I am you.

And I am super excited to invite you to be part an incredible writing community.

Writing doesn't have to be a lonely and isolating experience where you write your book and then throw it into the Amazon slush pile and cross your fingers, hoping for the best.

If you're serious about being a writer, the Ninja Writers Club is where you want to be.

And we're saving a place at the cool kids table for you!


Here are some of the things that you'll get INSTANT access to as a member of the Ninja Writers Club.

A Novel Idea – our flagship course will take you through plotting, writing and editing your novel.
The Plotting Workshop eBook – an 8-week plotting workshop to help build your next epic idea.
The Writing Planner – a six-month planner designed JUST for writers.

A secret Facebook Group – Hang with the coolest kids on the block.

Regular online meetings – we’ll have Zoom meetings each month to discuss topics and workshop members’ work.

A text list to keep you on track – regular reminders and inspiration sent via text, email or an app to help keep you on track.

The Ninja Writers Kick-in-the-Butt Crew - a fun Facebook Group that offers an hourly writing accountability post so you can get inspiration, no matter your time zone.

Accountability partners – once a quarter, we off a match up where you can get paired with a writing partner from your genre.

Beta Books – share your work and become a beta reader for other writers in the group.

The A Novel Idea Course

Our flagship course, also called A Novel Idea, is a novel-writing ADVENTURE that will take you through plotting, writing, and editing your novel. You'll learn a system that you can use over and over again as you build your career.

Ninja Writers Club members gain access to all 100-plus lessons in A Novel Idea and can follow it start to finish or pick and choose which they need the most on any given day. Click the link at the bottom of this page to see the entire curriculum.

"I feel like I have a better grasp on my story than ever before. Usually I jump right in with a great idea and it fizzles out because I haven't thought through where it's going, who's involved, and what obstacles are going to arise. I love the process of discovery that happens when I write- about my characters, events and relationships that I hadn't even considered- and I don't feel like I'm going to be sacrificing that by plotting so thoroughly."

The Plotting Workshop eBook

Members get a free copy of The Plotting Workshop eBook. This is all of the lessons in the 8-week plotting workshop, all put together in eBook format so that you can use it whenever you're ready to build out your next epic idea.

The Plotting Workshop guides you through building a road map through your story, so that when you get ready to write it, you'll know exactly where you're going. You'll finish the workshop with a fully developed story idea, complete with a physical plot board and a full synopsis.

"The Plotting Workshop has for me been a great experience and a crucial tool in planning my novel. It has helped me more than words can say, and I've made some great friends among the Ninja Writers too! I can't thank this program enough! I've found it so helpful for making my plot concrete. It is really bringing all my ideas together and helping me to organize my thoughts and see what is pliable to the story or not."

The Writing Planner

Members also get a copy of The Writing Planner--a six-month planner designed JUST for writers. Check it out in the little video above. The planner is downloadable and printable. It's also undated, so you can use it over and over.

The Ninja Writer Community

Members of the private A Novel Idea community on Facebook. You know that writing community I talked about up above? This is it. It's worth the price of admission, all on its own. Engaged. Active. Supportive. Dedicated to their own success and each others. This group is a game changer as it is, and it just keeps getting more powerful as it matures.

"The community that Shaunta has gathered from her Ninja Writers is everything to an inexperienced writer just starting out. The friends I have met by posting my prompts are amazing. Without their daily encouragement, I don't know where I would be."

ANI Get it Done!

ANI Get it Done is a great example of how the Ninja Writers Club grows and responds to the community's needs. One day, someone said "Hey, we should have a text list." And I thought, you know, we really should. So, I found a service that would let me put one together and an hour later ANI Get it Done was born and in the hands of every member who wanted to participate.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I send a little message of inspiration or a reminder to steady on toward your writing goals for the week. I also send out reminders of things like upcoming video calls and workshops.

Hourly Accountability

The Ninja Writers Kick-in-the-Butt Crew is a fun little Facebook Group that members can join. It offers up an hourly writing accountability post, round the clock. That way, no matter where you are in the world or what time zone you're in, you can get a subtle little boost toward your goal.

It's writing time somewhere, right?

Every Ninja Writer Product, as it Becomes Available

You also gain free access to every single product that Ninja Writers offers on Gumroad. That's everything available right now and everything that becomes available while you're an active member.

As a Novel Idea member, you have an all-access pass to every single thing Ninja Writers has to offer.

Here's What We're Adding in December

  • Live co-working hours. I'll open a video room for two hours and members can come hang out.
  • A live call where we'll workshop two members.
  • A group work through of The Plotting Workshop. I'll be plotting a story right along with you and sharing all my work.
  • The Ninja Writers Kick-in-the-Butt Crew course.
  • Two new eBooks in December: 31 Days of Being a Ninja Writer and a document with my fully plotted story for members to use as a guide.

A Novel Idea FAQs

Here are some questions that I'm asked pretty regularly about A Novel Idea.

What exactly is a subscription program?

A subscription program is a program that gives you access to services and content at a flat monthly rate. Instead of creating things and constantly trying to sell each of them individually, I create them and just give them to current members. Members get an instant all-access pass to everything that Ninja Writers has to offer.

That means that as soon as you sign up, you get access to everything that's available in the program at the time of your enrollment. And for as long as you're a member you'll be given access to anything new that is released, as soon as it's made available.

How is this different from a course?

An online course generally works like this: you pay a flat fee and gain access to the course material. Usually you'd have lifetime access to that course and any updates to it. Generally there's also a community aspect that is available for a limited time.

A subscription gives you access not only to that course, but to lots of other content and programs and products. The subscription model also makes the community available for as long as you want or need it. The beauty of this method is that rather than a flat rate, you can tap in when you need it and leave when you're done.

The subscription model also allows me to go deeper with the community. Instead of focusing only on a single course, the community is a far more robust, well-rounded experience.

How much time will it take?

A Novel Idea: Subscription is a community built on a platform of a lot of content. Our flagship course, also called A Novel Idea, is designed to help you write a novel if you put in about 30 minutes a day of work. Everything in A Novel Idea: Subscription is self-paced. There's no falling behind. There's no time commitment beyond what you decide works best for you.

Is there a time commitment?

Nope. You can work through whatever appeals to you at your own pace.

Maybe 30 days will do you.

Maybe you need six months. Or a year.

You might also decide that the community and access to the ongoing monthly programs like live workshops and co-working calls are worth the monthly fee.

In other words: It's entirely up to you!

Is A Novel Idea: Subscription for me?

The simple answer: probably.

It's for you if you're looking for a strong, involved community and tons of content that will support your writing goals. (If you're not looking for a community and just want access to the content, you might prefer to just buy the course when it's available.)

It's for you if you're a fiction writer. (If you only write non-fiction, you might not get as much out of it.)

It's for you're at the beginning of your writing career. I designed it specifically to be something I wished I'd had when I was a new writer.

It's also for you, though, if you're more established, but could use the support of a mentor and a fantastic community. While you might not need to learn the basics of how to write a novel, the A Novel Idea course is a unique system that might streamline your writing process.

I'm a traditionally published author. Do I need A Novel Idea: Subscription?

Only you can answer that. I'm also a traditionally published author, though, and I can tell you that the community is exactly what I need. My role there is mentor, but I also have the huge privilege of connecting with these amazing writers on a level that I've never experienced before, anywhere.

And the community will only get more powerful as it matures and more members become published authors.

If you've found yourself feeling like you're standing alone, throwing your stories into the world with your fingers crossed that someone will find them, I think you'll enjoy A Novel Idea. It's a baby revolution, which is just what the swiftly changing publishing industry needs.

How is A Novel Idea: Subscription structured?

When you sign up, you get access to the A Novel Idea course on Teachable, along with a code that will give you free access to every Ninja Writers product available at this time. Right now that includes a couple of planners, including one designed just for writers, The Plotting Workshop eBook, a program that offers inspirational texts three times a week, a private voice chat room, and the Kick-in-the-Butt Crew accountability program.

You'll also be invited to join the A Novel Idea exclusive Facebook Group. You'll have access to live video calls during the month as well.

Through out the month, anytime something new is released, you'll be given access to it.

I'm super available, on a daily basis, to answer your questions and be your biggest cheerleader. I'm wide open to suggestions and often create programs on the fly because the community asks for them.

What if I decide it just isn't my jam?

You can ask for a refund.

Seriously. Come check us out for a week. If you just aren't feeling it, shoot me an email. I'll be happy to refund your money.

I'm confident, though, that you're going to fall in love. Ready to do this thing?

Courses Included with Purchase

How to Develop + Test a Story Idea
Prepare to Turn Yourself into an Idea MACHINE!
Shaunta Grimes
A Novel Idea
A Year of plotting, writing, and editing your novel.
Shaunta Grimes
Kick-in-the-Butt Crew
A Powerful Productivity Program
Shaunta Grimes
Life, Curated: Recipe for a Fresh Start
Seven Steps for a Fresh Start Anytime
Shaunta Grimes
The Plotting Workshop
An 8-Week Course in Building a Road Map Through Your Novel
Shaunta Grimes

Original Price: $398

Class Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you remain a member - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.

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