Marcel M du Plessis

is creating inspiration and worlds

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By pledging $1 a month you have joined the adventure party! You get early access to blog posts and special access to secrets on the World Anvil sight (perfect for DMs).

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Calliope is the muse of epic poetry. She is credited as inspiring great works and she has also given her name to my blog. By pledging $4 a month, you are helping me create the epic works she inspires.

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  • 10% discount on editing/proofreading
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What is Calliope's Prisoner?
Calliope’s Prisoner is my blog, author platform, classroom, and space for creativity and inspiration. Here I'll share what I've learnt about the world of writing and world-building. Plus there is also something for the RPG fanatics out there.

So, who am I?
I am Marcel M du Plessis. I am a writer of fiction of all genres. I read far too many books, play too many video games, and write various advice pieces. I also work as an editor of novels, short stories, student papers, important speeches, and complicated dissertations. This means that I must put my Honours Degree in Theory of Literature to good use somehow.

I live in Pretoria, South Africa. I hope to bring a unique perspective to literature and poetry with my wit and expertise.

What do I do?
I am – first and foremost – a writer. It is what I do. Everything that isn’t writing, I do to support my work.

I am a novelist – much to the dismay of friends and loved ones who hoped that I would make money one day. I have been writing in earnest since math class in the ninth grade (goodbye rocket science) and I’ve carried on ever since. I’ve had some successes and failures along the way that have taught me a great deal. This is the knowledge I want to share with you.

What do you get?
As a patron of Calliope, you get instant access to exclusive content. From a behind-the-scenes look at what I do and how I do it, preview chapters from my novel, and access to patron-only short stories.

Where your money goes
My ultimate goal is to make a living as a full-time writer. This is a monumental feat. Before I get there, however, I want to use my Patreon page as a platform for engaging and inspiring my community. Every monumental feat can be accomplished with the help of others. 

Besides my writing goal, I have a personal goal of starting an adventure of a different kind with my long-time girlfriend, Laura. Unluckily for her, she’s stuck with a starving artist. Success in my writing and here on Patreon could help us get to the next stage.

Why am I on Patreon?
I'm here because I want to do what I love. Patreon can help you help me! I love creating and I love teaching people how to create. As a writer, I have a vested interest in getting people to pick up books, but as a teacher, I love helping people create those books in the first place. Find out more on my website, Calliope's Prisoner.

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you are helping to spread the inspiration!
Thank you!

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