Thursday, September 14, 2017

Challenge- Write the Ninja Way

By Janie Reinart

A ninja writer is highly skilled. They are silent and strong in mind. A true ninja writer can overcome all obstacles. Have courage ninja writer.

Against all odds and form rejections, a ninja writer must believe in their ability and rebound fast on the keyboard. A ninja writer must master the element of surprise on the mission to be published. I was enlightened and selected my words for this intro by sneaking into this master storyteller's book--NINJA by Arree Chung

By Arree Chung

 A ninja writer is one who endures many years of practicing their art. They exaggerate setting and characters in their story like NINJA BABY by David Zeltser. 

“When Nina was born, the doctor gently thumped her bottom to make sure she was breathing. Nina karate chopped her right back.”

My favorite line is when the parents bring home a baby brother aka Kung Fu Master.
"What's your secret?" she asked him.
He just looked at her. 
It was like listening to the wind in the bamboo. 

By David Zeltser

 Kiya! Get ready for a chance to get empowered not devoured by reading HENSEL AND GRETEL NINJA CHICKS by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez.
This punny story is a fractured fairy tale. My favorite line:

The fox said, " Surrender?
No way, chicken tender!
Your cheep little threats are absurd!"

From then on the chicks made it their mission to rescue, protect, and defend.

By Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez

Now you are ready ninja writer. Use your mystical powers, follow a strict diet (of chocolate and perhaps wine) and go to work in your dojo.

1. Select a character type or combine two: eg. ninja, ballerina, pirate, baby.
2. Read picture books about your character type.
3. Make a word bank of terms from the picture books you read.
4. Brainstorm story ideas. Don't forget to karate kick in a surprise ending.
5. Play and practice your ninja writing skills.

What obstacles are you overcoming in your writing?  



  1. I'm feeling ever-so-much-more powerful (perhaps even ninja-like) after reading this post. Thanks, Janie!

    1. You are most welcome, Jilanne. Always listen to the wind in the bamboo ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. What a fun ninja voice, and I like how you applied the ninja theme to writing. Thanks, Janie!

  3. Fab post, Janie. I like your adaption of Arree's text to fit the situation.

  4. Such a creative, fun, puny post! Love the nod to Arree and your ReFo choices, Master Janie. I bow to your skills.

    1. Kathy we practice together in our dojo๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. This is SO fun! I love that we can think of our desk as a dojo. One where coffee and chocolate are allowed.

  6. Sue the ninja can accomplish much with special food.

  7. Perfect! You chopped that down to fun-size bites. Hi-yah!

  8. Angie, so glad you were enlightened ๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. Arree is inspiring and so are you, Janie :) Love the way you ratchet the psyche with energy and wisdom! KIYA!

    1. I bow to you Charlotte. Happy we can work together in our dojo.

  10. A great set of steps to get into any kind of character.

  11. David have you tried walking like your character? Fun to see what kind of attitude they have too๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thank you,Carrie ๐Ÿ˜Š You enlighten us all Master❤️

  13. Great post, Janie! Very clever and Ninja worthy!

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    1. Thanks, Amanda๐Ÿ˜Š May you be enlightened and hear the wind in the bamboo.