Let's talk about essay writing and activism.
Much of my work focuses on disability rights—in particular the rights of those with psychiatric disabilities—and sexual violence. Sometimes I talk about the two things together. I'm fun at parties.
My work has appeared in The Toast, Motherwell Magazine, Full Grown People, and other venues. Most of these venues—which are wonderful, amazing places to writer for—pay somewhere between nothing and $100. I do not make a living wage from my essays.
Additionally, I do a lot of timely activist writing for free. This work is crucial when getting the word out quickly is more important than placing it in a big-name journal. Patreon support will allow me to do more fast-paced, activist writing. When I have to make a choice between writing something for money in order to feed my kids and writing something for free that is urgent and will help make the world a better place, I have to choose the first one. Your patronage makes it possible for me to choose the second one.
In short, your support will help me and the people I work with continue to push the world in the right direction.
Let's talk about fiction writing.
I write #ownvoices fiction about women and men who've been through some real stuff: sexual assault, abuse, mental illness, and more. (To learn more about what #ownvoices means, go to the source: http://www.corinneduyvis.net/ownvoices/.) I publish exclusively with small presses, and I do not make a lot of money. But these are important stories.
My most recent novel, FALLOUT GIRL, features a main character who has bipolar disorder. As I wrote in a recent interview about the book:
I wanted to write a character with a psychiatric disability, in particular, bipolar disorder. As I discuss in the author’s note in the back of the book, it was really important to me to get Miranda’s character right, and to do right by her as a disabled character. Disabled characters rarely get represented in fiction, and when they do, they rarely get represented well.
For example, a disabled person lives her life without contemplating being disabled all the time. If being disabled is a character’s normal, it ceases to be something she constantly thinks about. Just like non-disabled people, a disabled person has stuff to do, like laundry or going to the post office. While she is going to the post office, she is unlikely to be thinking things like this: “I’m a bipolar person going to the post office. As a bipolar person going to the post office, my experience of the world is different than those who are not bipolar people going to the post office.” Probably being bipolar won’t cross her mind at all. Probably she’ll be wondering if the post office takes Amex, or if the line will be long because of the holidays.
But that’s not how disabled folks are usually depicted in fiction or film. Instead, they’re depicted as always talking about or thinking about being disabled. I didn’t want that for Miranda. I wanted to do better than that.
Let's talk about this patreon page.
Right now, my Patreon page is relatively new. To my first, early patrons: you are near and dear to my heart. I will always know who you are, in part because I wrote your names down so that I can give you things as this page grows.
Even the smallest donors get things. You will get ebooks. I will post, on this page, drafts of novellas and other publications in serial format. They have to be in draft form so that I do not lose the rights to publish them elsewhere. Higher level patrons will receive actual published copies of my books along with access to these early drafts. ALL of my patrons can email me to talk to me about my writing and my work:
- Send me ideas for essays and other activist writing.
- Send me tips about injustices you've observed.
- Did you find an error in a draft story? OMG please send me that too.
- Do you just want to chat about a story or essay, you have my email, don't you?
I'm constantly updating this page, so check back for more.
Stay in touch,