Colette Marie Murphy is creating Flash Fiction, Serial Stories, & Other Types of Writing
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patrons

First and foremost, thank you for taking time to visit my Patreon! 

Some of my earliest childhood memories involve writing and telling stories. It's a lifelong passion that I slowly evolved into a skill through years of reading, writing, studying, trying, failing, and trying again. I know it's what I was meant to do - to share my stories and creative visions with the world - and with your support, I'm able to do just that!

So, what can you get by being one of my Patrons? A number of things! Lemme start with the definitions first, and then we can go to what's included at each level, okay?

BLOG POSTS - This is me, rambling about life as a writer. I might recommend books. I might rant about the process. I might offer tips and suggestions I've heard or that I follow. Basically, it's a monthly look inside my head. 

POLLS - These will help guide some of my Patreon content, like a theme for an upcoming Flash Fiction piece, or the name of a character for my Serial Story.

SIX-WORD STORIES - Made famous by Hemingway who supposedly/allegedly/definitely? once wrote: For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never Worn. Thus, the six-word story was born! Some examples of ones I've written include The flowers died. She did too. and The need for speed was genetic. and Her end was only his beginning. Hey, look, you just got three for free! 

FLASH FICTION - A complete story in not very many words at all. Some pieces will be the fast flash fiction variety, clocking in at 500-750 words total, where others will take a tiny bit slower pace, finishing out between 750-1000 words. 

SERIAL STORY - aka, my Dickensian moment, a serial story is like a TV series, only in prose format. You'll get monthly installments that will build to a natural conclusion (at the author's discretion) and then a new series will begin. 

SHORT STORY - A complete work of at least 2,000 words. More than flash fiction, but not quite pushing novella length (yet). 

SURPRISE DROP - Some piece of writing - could be a play, a spec script, a novella, a segment from a work-in-progress. I can't tell you yet! It would ruin the surprise! 

CHAPBOOK - A small, self-published, paperback booklet containing the fiction previously shared on Patreon + additional bonus material. That's right, a hard copy! Mailed to you! With my autograph inside! 

While all of this content will be published on Patreon first and will be limited to Patrons only for a good amount of time, I may pull from the flash fiction and/or serial story to publish in other formats down the road (say, for example, if it turns out my serial story really could be the next Great Expectations - then I'll publish it in novel form). 

So, how is all of this divided up by level? 



  • Monthly Blog Post
  • Access to Patron-Only Feed (Polls, Videos, Fun Stuff)
  • Six-Word Story (at least one per month)



Everything from the Skimmers Tier: 
  • Monthly Blog Post
  • Access to Patron-Only Feed (Polls, Videos, Fun Stuff)
  • Six-Word Story (at least one per month)

Plus: 
  • One Monthly Fast Flash Fiction (500-750 Words)


Everything from the Skimmers + Bite-Sized Readers Tiers:
  • Monthly Blog Post
  • Access to Patron-Only Feed (Polls, Videos, Fun Stuff)
  • Six-Word Story (at least one per month)
  • One Monthly Fast Flash Fiction (500-750 Words)
Plus:
  • One Monthly Longer Flash Fiction (750-1000 Words)
  • Monthly Serial Story Installment 


Everything from the Skimmers, Bite-Sized Readers, + Story Fans Tiers:
  • Monthly Blog Post
  • Access to Patron-Only Feed (Polls, Videos, Fun Stuff)
  • Six-Word Story (at least one per month)
  • One Monthly Fast Flash Fiction (500-750 Words)
  • One Monthly Longer Flash Fiction (750-1000 Words)
  • Monthly Serial Story Installment 
Plus:
  • One Monthly Short Story (2000 Words, minimum)
  • One Quarterly Surprise Drop 
  • Annual Autographed Chapbook (first release December 2018)
Tiers
The Skimmers
$1 or more per month
THANK YOU! Your support means the world to me.


This tier is great for those who are just curious about what's up with me + my writing. This tier includes access to a monthly Patreon-only blog post as well as any other activity on my Patreon feed (like monthly theme polls or random videos). 


Since you like to skim to read, this will also include at least one monthly "six-word story." The concept of a six-word story began with a possibly true rumor that Hemingway once wrote the following very, very short story:


For sale: baby shoes, never worn. 


Thus, the six-word story was born! And for just $1/month, you'll get an original one of those from me in addition to the blog post + feed fun. 

The Bite-Sized Readers
$2 or more per month
THANK YOU THANK YOU! 


Double the support, double the love. 


This tier is for those who want a tiny taste of my writing. You'll get the same rewards as the $1 tier (exclusive Patreon-only blog post + feed activities, at least one exclusive six-word story each month) AND an original piece of short Flash Fiction (500-750 words). 

The Story Fans
$5 or more per month
You're trading a cup of fancy to-go coffee for my words and creativity, and I couldn't be more grateful. 


This level is for those who like quick and fun stories. It includes previous tiers' rewards (exclusive blog post + Patreon feed activity, six-word stories, plus one 500-750 word piece of Flash Fiction), PLUS TWO MORE AWESOME REWARDS:


--- A second piece of longer Flash Fiction (750-1000 words)

--- A serial story with monthly installments 


Like the writers of yore, I'm going to write a monthly serial piece. Each month there will be a new installment, sort of like a short chapter in a book. The story will continue until it reaches a natural, satisfying conclusion (as determined by me, the author), at which point another serial will begin. 


The Flash Fiction pieces and the Serial Piece may be published later in other formats. 

The Voracious Readers
$12 or more per month
I have hearts in my eyes and YOU put them there! 


This is for those who REALLY want to know the juicy details of what's happening with my writing projects. This includes all previous tiers' rewards (blog post + Patreon feed + six-word stories + Flash Fiction pieces + monthly Serial story), PLUS: 

 

-- A 2,000+ word short story each month. Want more than a bit of flash fiction AND want something that's a complete tale (unlike the serial that you need to wait for installments? That's what this will be! Each story will be a minimum of 2K words.


-- A quarterly surprise writing drop. Will it be a spec script? A one-act play? Three chapters from a work-in-progress novel? It's a surprise every quarter!  


-- An autographed hard copy of my chapbook (stapled) featuring all the exclusive Patreon stories plus one or two (or three or four...) bonus pieces just for these collections. Currently planning on releasing a chapbook once per year, at Christmas time; more details to come. You must be subscribed at this level during the month of the chapbook's release to be eligible for this prize.


First Chapbook Release: December 2018 

First and foremost, thank you for taking time to visit my Patreon! 

Some of my earliest childhood memories involve writing and telling stories. It's a lifelong passion that I slowly evolved into a skill through years of reading, writing, studying, trying, failing, and trying again. I know it's what I was meant to do - to share my stories and creative visions with the world - and with your support, I'm able to do just that!

So, what can you get by being one of my Patrons? A number of things! Lemme start with the definitions first, and then we can go to what's included at each level, okay?

BLOG POSTS - This is me, rambling about life as a writer. I might recommend books. I might rant about the process. I might offer tips and suggestions I've heard or that I follow. Basically, it's a monthly look inside my head. 

POLLS - These will help guide some of my Patreon content, like a theme for an upcoming Flash Fiction piece, or the name of a character for my Serial Story.

SIX-WORD STORIES - Made famous by Hemingway who supposedly/allegedly/definitely? once wrote: For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never Worn. Thus, the six-word story was born! Some examples of ones I've written include The flowers died. She did too. and The need for speed was genetic. and Her end was only his beginning. Hey, look, you just got three for free! 

FLASH FICTION - A complete story in not very many words at all. Some pieces will be the fast flash fiction variety, clocking in at 500-750 words total, where others will take a tiny bit slower pace, finishing out between 750-1000 words. 

SERIAL STORY - aka, my Dickensian moment, a serial story is like a TV series, only in prose format. You'll get monthly installments that will build to a natural conclusion (at the author's discretion) and then a new series will begin. 

SHORT STORY - A complete work of at least 2,000 words. More than flash fiction, but not quite pushing novella length (yet). 

SURPRISE DROP - Some piece of writing - could be a play, a spec script, a novella, a segment from a work-in-progress. I can't tell you yet! It would ruin the surprise! 

CHAPBOOK - A small, self-published, paperback booklet containing the fiction previously shared on Patreon + additional bonus material. That's right, a hard copy! Mailed to you! With my autograph inside! 

While all of this content will be published on Patreon first and will be limited to Patrons only for a good amount of time, I may pull from the flash fiction and/or serial story to publish in other formats down the road (say, for example, if it turns out my serial story really could be the next Great Expectations - then I'll publish it in novel form). 

So, how is all of this divided up by level? 



  • Monthly Blog Post
  • Access to Patron-Only Feed (Polls, Videos, Fun Stuff)
  • Six-Word Story (at least one per month)



Everything from the Skimmers Tier: 
  • Monthly Blog Post
  • Access to Patron-Only Feed (Polls, Videos, Fun Stuff)
  • Six-Word Story (at least one per month)

Plus: 
  • One Monthly Fast Flash Fiction (500-750 Words)


Everything from the Skimmers + Bite-Sized Readers Tiers:
  • Monthly Blog Post
  • Access to Patron-Only Feed (Polls, Videos, Fun Stuff)
  • Six-Word Story (at least one per month)
  • One Monthly Fast Flash Fiction (500-750 Words)
Plus:
  • One Monthly Longer Flash Fiction (750-1000 Words)
  • Monthly Serial Story Installment 


Everything from the Skimmers, Bite-Sized Readers, + Story Fans Tiers:
  • Monthly Blog Post
  • Access to Patron-Only Feed (Polls, Videos, Fun Stuff)
  • Six-Word Story (at least one per month)
  • One Monthly Fast Flash Fiction (500-750 Words)
  • One Monthly Longer Flash Fiction (750-1000 Words)
  • Monthly Serial Story Installment 
Plus:
  • One Monthly Short Story (2000 Words, minimum)
  • One Quarterly Surprise Drop 
  • Annual Autographed Chapbook (first release December 2018)

Recent posts by Colette Marie Murphy

Tiers
The Skimmers
$1 or more per month
THANK YOU! Your support means the world to me.


This tier is great for those who are just curious about what's up with me + my writing. This tier includes access to a monthly Patreon-only blog post as well as any other activity on my Patreon feed (like monthly theme polls or random videos). 


Since you like to skim to read, this will also include at least one monthly "six-word story." The concept of a six-word story began with a possibly true rumor that Hemingway once wrote the following very, very short story:


For sale: baby shoes, never worn. 


Thus, the six-word story was born! And for just $1/month, you'll get an original one of those from me in addition to the blog post + feed fun. 

The Bite-Sized Readers
$2 or more per month
THANK YOU THANK YOU! 


Double the support, double the love. 


This tier is for those who want a tiny taste of my writing. You'll get the same rewards as the $1 tier (exclusive Patreon-only blog post + feed activities, at least one exclusive six-word story each month) AND an original piece of short Flash Fiction (500-750 words). 

The Story Fans
$5 or more per month
You're trading a cup of fancy to-go coffee for my words and creativity, and I couldn't be more grateful. 


This level is for those who like quick and fun stories. It includes previous tiers' rewards (exclusive blog post + Patreon feed activity, six-word stories, plus one 500-750 word piece of Flash Fiction), PLUS TWO MORE AWESOME REWARDS:


--- A second piece of longer Flash Fiction (750-1000 words)

--- A serial story with monthly installments 


Like the writers of yore, I'm going to write a monthly serial piece. Each month there will be a new installment, sort of like a short chapter in a book. The story will continue until it reaches a natural, satisfying conclusion (as determined by me, the author), at which point another serial will begin. 


The Flash Fiction pieces and the Serial Piece may be published later in other formats. 

The Voracious Readers
$12 or more per month
I have hearts in my eyes and YOU put them there! 


This is for those who REALLY want to know the juicy details of what's happening with my writing projects. This includes all previous tiers' rewards (blog post + Patreon feed + six-word stories + Flash Fiction pieces + monthly Serial story), PLUS: 

 

-- A 2,000+ word short story each month. Want more than a bit of flash fiction AND want something that's a complete tale (unlike the serial that you need to wait for installments? That's what this will be! Each story will be a minimum of 2K words.


-- A quarterly surprise writing drop. Will it be a spec script? A one-act play? Three chapters from a work-in-progress novel? It's a surprise every quarter!  


-- An autographed hard copy of my chapbook (stapled) featuring all the exclusive Patreon stories plus one or two (or three or four...) bonus pieces just for these collections. Currently planning on releasing a chapbook once per year, at Christmas time; more details to come. You must be subscribed at this level during the month of the chapbook's release to be eligible for this prize.


First Chapbook Release: December 2018