It’s October Patron Drive Time!

Dear friends,

It’s October, and that means it’s time for the third annual Story Hospital patron drive!* As always, if we meet the patron goal, I will make four extra posts in November for NaNoWriMo. I love writing these posts and am already pondering topics, so I hope you will help me out by spreading the word.

* Last year I seriously considered leaving Patreon, but I have not yet found another good way to make Story Hospital self-supporting. I do love the Patreon idea and ideal, and I love being part of the ecosystem of small creators supporting one another. So, for the nonce, I’m sticking with it.

As some of you may have noticed, I’m no longer on Twitter, and I have never used Facebook. These choices are what’s best for me personally, but they do make it challenging to spread the word about Story Hospital. Therefore, I’m counting on all of you.

My October pledge drive goals are 120 patrons or $300/month. (We’re currently at 102 and $256.) I think these goals entirely attainable. But for a handful of new people to pledge support, many more than that need to visit Story Hospital’s Patreon page.

Between now and the end of October, please share that link with at least one writer you know who you think would benefit from Story Hospital’s advice. Don’t spam anyone; make the connection personal. Share some specific posts, on storyhospital.com or on Patreon, that you think this writer would find useful. And if you’re a patron, tell your friend why you think Story Hospital is worth supporting.

If you do use social media or hang out on writing forums, feel free to post Story Hospital links there too. But sharing directly with a writer you know is the best way for you to support the site.

Here are some popular craft posts to share:

And some about the emotional and psychological side of writing:

Thanks as always to the letter writers and others who inspired these posts. (While I’m here asking for favors, ask me questions! Your letters are vital to keeping Story Hospital going.)

Writing my weekly Story Hospital posts is one of the great joys of my life, and your contributions make it possible for me to keep doing it. If you’re a patron, thank you so much! If you aren’t already a patron, please consider making a pledge of just $1/month. If patronage is not for you for whatever reason, thank you for reading, linking, and commenting. Even if all you do is make my hit counter go up, I see that and appreciate it.

120 patrons. $300 a month. I think we can do this. Let’s go!

Gratefully,

Story Nurse

Patron drive SUCCESS

Dear friends,

LOOK AT THIS. LOOK AT WHAT YOU DID.

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[image: a snapshot of Patreon’s front page for Story Hospital, showing 83 patrons and $240/month]

You just blew my mind by putting us over the top of the $240 mark. I really thought 90 patrons would be a challenging goal and $240 was impossible. Thank you for proving me wrong! You are fantastic!

I am especially moved that so much of the increase in pledges came from longtime patrons upgrading to higher tiers. I’m truly honored by your support.

In celebration, I’m unlocking all my fifth Tuesday posts through November 1. Share them with your friends now while you can!

#6: returning to writing after a long hiatus. patreon.com/posts/6627426

#19: how to bring your romantic protagonists together when they’d rather be apart. patreon.com/posts/7333404

#28: “Am I too busy to write or just being avoidant?” patreon.com/posts/7919452

#45: How to set reader expectations for the genre you’re writing. patreon.com/posts/11452508

#58: What “show” and “tell” really mean, and how and when to do them. (This is one of my favorites.) patreon.com/posts/14069857

And the post that just went up yesterday, #67, fighting the distraction of the shiny new idea. patreon.com/posts/15114714

Plus I unlocked this $4+ writing craft post, which is full of tips for describing settings when you’re good at dialogue but find description challenging. patreon.com/posts/14614549

I’m beyond thrilled to welcome all my new patrons, and beyond grateful to all of you who boosted your pledges. Your support makes a real difference to me and my family. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Onward to the next year!

Hearts forever,

Story Nurse

Patron drive week continues!

Dear friends,

For just this week, I’m unlocking one of my $4 patron craft posts for EVERYONE to see. The post is full of advice on describing settings for writers who do better with dialogue. Check it out!

Become a patron at $4+ and you’ll get a post like that every month! $4 really isn’t much for a monthly writing craft class, and one of my patrons called it “the best $4 I’ve ever spent.” So tell your friends what an awesome bargain Story Hospital patronage is, and consider pledging at $4 or changing your pledge level for a month or two to try it out. You can always dial back when you need to.

I know writers aren’t generally rich and I appreciate every single one of my $1 pledges. Thanks so much for being a patron, at any level!

Keep spreading the word, and thanks to everyone who’s already done so—I got three new patrons yesterday and the total now stands at 72 patrons and $185. The goal remains 90 patrons and/or $240. Let’s keep going!

http://patreon.com/storyhospital

Cheers,

Story Nurse

It’s October patron drive time!

Dear friends,

As I did last year, I’m running a Patreon patron drive through the end of October. Right now I have 69 patrons bestowing $181/month on me (THANK YOU all SO MUCH). If we can get that to 90 patrons OR $240/month by November 1, I’ll do another series of NaNoWriMo posts, and my patrons will get to suggest the topics!

You can help by telling your friends how much you love Story Hospital, and what you get out of being a patron. Maybe link them to a post or two that helped you, or that you think would help them. Here are some popular ones:

NaNoWriMo: Accommodating Your Disability (and Other Limitations)

#34: What It Means to Be Blocked

#15: How to Create Original Work

And remind your friends that just $1 or $2 a month gets them great patron perks! Just sign up here:

https://patreon.com/storyhospital

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support. I’ll be making more posts later in the week with more info on the patron drive and what you can do to help.

Cheers,

Story Nurse

50!

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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! 😄

October Patron Drive to Unlock Bonus NaNoWriMo Posts

Dear readers,

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!

Cheers,

Story Nurse