Patreon is a way for fans to support artists in what they do. Too often, art doesn’t pay, and Patreon seeks to fix that by allowing fans to be patrons of the arts at whatever level is comfortable.

And the fans get something for it. They get a closer connection to their artists and writers. They get to be on the ground floor of something great. They get pride and exclusive art and so many cool things.

My Patreon page has two purposes. First, it allows my fans to support my work. Showing support with $1 a month isn’t a lot of money, but it shows me a willingness to be invested in what I do. That’s a big old warm fuzzy for me, and that support translates into more writing. You’ll get monthly updates on my work, including updates I don’t post anywhere else.

Second, the $2.50 level is designed to be an extension of my work as a teaching artist. I’m picking a piece each month and giving a deep analysis of one aspect of that story. It’s an exercise that’s helpful to me and I hope helpful to all you writers out there. At any skill level, it pays to give deep consideration to something that really, really works in someone else’s story.

This first month, we’re examining at the hook in the first two sentences of Adam-Troy Castro’s The Streets of Babel. They’re a fantastic hook and, well, we can learn a lot by figuring out why.

Thank you all for being here with me in these early stages. It means a lot to me that you even read this far into the post, and if you take the time to check out Patreon support, well, even better.

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