Wow, we’re already at 50 patrons with four days left to go in the patron drive! Thank you all so much for spreading the word, and welcome, new patrons! I’m really touched by your support for Story Hospital.
Keep an eye out for those NaNoWriMo posts every Thursday in November! My first regular November letter just happens to be NaNo-related too. But don’t worry, non-NaNo writers, all my content will be relevant for you too. We all have days when we’re writing to deadline or otherwise under pressure, and there’s plenty to learn from NaNo tips and tricks even if you write very slowly or only write nonfiction. The important thing is: more advice for everybody! 😄
As many of you know, November is National Novel Writing Month. I’m already getting questions from writers who are looking ahead to NaNoWriMo and trying to prepare. It’s very challenging to write 50,000 words in 30 days! I want to help you out.
So for the last week of October, it’s patron drive time here at Story Hospital. I have 39 fantastic patrons right now (thank you all!). If we can get that number to 50 by October 31, I’ll make an extra post every week in November, aimed specifically at helping folks who are doing NaNoWriMo. As with my regular posts, they’ll go live on Patreon first, on Thursdays (including Thanksgiving!), and then will go up on the main Story Hospital site two days later. I haven’t decided on topics yet, and will be soliciting ideas from my Patreon patrons—another reason to become one!
You can help by telling your friends about Story Hospital and why you enjoy it, and linking to your favorite Story Hospital posts on Twitter and Facebook. If you’re a patron, post about why you think Story Hospital is worth supporting. And if you’re not already a patron, please consider becoming one. Just $1 a month gets you access to early posts and some bonus content, and higher-level patrons get all sorts of cool perks. You can also become a patron just for one month and then cancel your pledge—I hope you’ll stick around, of course, but I totally understand that it’s not an option for everyone.
As a writer, I find NaNoWriMo terrifying. I’m in awe of anyone who manages to find the time to write 1,700 words a day 30 days in a row, and to squash their perfectionism enough to write rapidly and not look back. (If it helps, you can look forward to March, which is National Novel Editing Month.) Maybe someday I’ll give it a shot. For this year, I’m glad to be on the sidelines cheering you on, and grateful to everyone who likewise cheers on me and my little site.
Here’s the link to my Patreon. Thanks so much for pledging and spreading the word!