Patreon

Introducing: Write From Karen – Patreon Version!

Guess what I’ve been working on!

Ta-Da! I have a Patreon account!

The URL is: https://www.patreon.com/writefromkaren

Pretty easy to remember, right??

Here’s a screenshot of the home page:

Don’t ask me why I chose dogs wearing glasses as the pictures for each tier – I thought they were cute and funny – there’s really no other reason. Ha!

So, let me explain.

In case you don’t know what Patreon is – it’s a platform built to provide a way for fans to support their favorite content creators. It’s a “club” of sorts – a private place to hang out, get to know one another, have private access and conversations about various topics with your favorite creator and other like-minded people, but more importantly, it’s just a place to have fun.

I know for me, personally, I’m a member of several Patreon accounts because I truly appreciate all of the hard work the creators I support have done and I want to show my appreciation. For me, personally, I just wanted a place to talk “shop” with other writers out there who are looking for a place to belong – for a place you can find support, and inspiration for your own writing.

I used to host a writing site back in the day and I LOVED it. And I miss it. It really inspired me to write more and I didn’t feel as alone, because let’s face it, writing is a solitary activity and you can often think you’re the only one out there struggling. Let me assure you, you are not.

That’s where my Patreon comes in. I want to encourage the writers out there who are looking for guidance, support and inspiration, to join and share your thoughts, triumphs and failures with other people who know EXACTLY what you’re going through.

I have a Discord server. Don’t let the word server scare you off. It’s not hard to navigate and it’s completely private. The only people in my server are those that have been invited and its only purpose is to support you. That’s it.

(If you would like to know more about Discord – check out this beginner’s guide video. )

If you choose the WFK Visionaries tier, you will be given a key to the club. Here you can join conversations about various writing topics, writing tips and tricks , polls and so much more.

If you’re a member of my silver/VIP tiers, you are not only given a key to the club, you will be extended an invitation to my Discord server where I will host weekly chats to catch up and share our current writing projects. There is also space to participate in writing sprints, (SUPER helpful when you need to increase your word count), writing challenges and writing collabs.

If you choose the VIP tier, I open the floor for a monthly book club where we can compare notes and thoughts about the writing mechanics and how we could learn from the author’s technique/style and apply it to our own writing. In addition, the VIP tier has been limited to a smaller number of participants as I thought it would be fun to build a writing critique group where we can exchange our own work and offer feedback on our works-in-progress. (Maybe start a Beta reader group?)

I plan on posting every Tuesday and Thursday on my Patreon. I will post a schedule for Discord chats soon.

Honestly, there are endless possibilities with this Patreon group and we’re just getting started!

I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to read my blog, listen to my Podcast and hopefully join my Patreon. My only goal is to share my thoughts, my work and my space with you and hopefully offer you some interesting material to learn from and think about.

I don’t pretend to be an expert when it comes to writing, however, I do have a degree in Technical Writing and a Minor in Creative Writing so it’s a topic that is near and dear to my heart.

Don’t be shy! Start small. Join the first tier, look around, see if this is something for you and then if you’re interested in upgrading and joining my server, you’re welcome to do so. There is absolutely no pressure, you can cancel your membership at any time.

So, in a nutshell – my blog is a place for a little bit of everything: my personal/professional life, politics, religion, opinions, etc. My podcast is the same type of thing, only you can hear my voice and take me on the go, if you so choose. My Patreon is a place reserved for all things writing and a safe place for writers to gather.

That’s it! Again, I hope you will consider joining my Patreon. I appreciate each and every one of you and I’ll see you around the Internet!

ADDED: Change of plans – I dumbed it down and made it simple – there is now only one tier. Easy to choose, easy to join!

Patreon

Building My Discord Server

It’s a good thing I’ve been off work these past several days because I’ve been spending a lot of my time and focus on setting up my Patreon page and my Discord server.

I’m happy to report that I submitted my Patreon page to the Patreon gods so hopefully that gets approved soon.

In the meantime, I have been watching a TON of YouTube videos on how to set up a Discord server and how to connect it to my Patreon. I’m happy to report, I was successful and it seems to be working.

I’ve also been watching a TON of YouTube videos on how to set up bots on a Discord server, too. I successfully set up one, so far. It’s a YAGPDB bot that assigns roles whenever you read the rules and click on the check mark to signify you have read and agree to the rules. After that, the bot allows you full access to the rest of the channels on my server. Sounds complicated but it was surprisingly easy to set up. I’m looking at adding a few more bots as well.

Here is a screenshot of what I have so far:

When my Patreon page is approved and goes live, I’m offering three tiers:

Tier One will not have access to my Discord server – however – they are free to try it out for a few days and if they like what they see, to upgrade for a Discord invite.

Tier Two is for writers who would like to exchange ideas, participate in writing activities and hang out together.

Tier Three is a private group (I’m limiting it to about 30 at this point) where we participate in writing activities, critique each other’s work and join a monthly book club to discuss aspects of the story and how we could incorporate those story elements in our own writing, hang out and have some fun.

The Discord Server has been a challenge to put together and I have a lot to learn but I’m having a BALL and I think I’m getting the hang of it. I’m going to give Kevin an invite so we can see what it looks like from a user’s perspective to make sure everything is working correctly.

In case you’re curious, I set up my server watching this video:

SUPER HELPFUL video.

And I used another one of his videos to make the YAGPDB bot as well.

I’m not sure when I will “go live” with my Patreon yet. There are a few more things I want to test out and add, but when I do, I’m going to need more time to devote to my Patreon and less time to devote to my blog.

However, if you feel so inclined, I would LOVE to see you and get to know you on my Patreon so I hope you’ll consider joining me over there when it goes live.

In the meantime, the schedule I’m going to tentatively start when Patreon goes live is:

Blog / Patreon blog – Mondays / Wednesdays / Sundays

Discord Server – Tuesdays / Thursdays – maybe Saturdays.

I’m taking Fridays off. (Maybe)

We’ll see how it works out. I still need a place to vent about my personal life and politics and this blog is more appropriate for that. I’m only using Patreon to focus on reading/writing fiction.

Anyway – thanks for reading. Stay tuned – it’s about to get a lot more interesting around here! Ha!