Lisa M. Palin

is creating Fiction
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I'll send you a thank you message, and periodic reports on writing projects, along with photos of my cats.
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Exclusive content: monthly serialized (draft) fiction.

My plan is to start a new project with the launch of this Patreon, and do something that I know I love doing (experiment with form and narrative), and avoid something I hate (the pressure of producing a complete novel that I hand over in one perfect final form for consumption).

I don't know yet what this story is about. I will know before the first installment is sent, which will be approximately one month after launch (and after first subscribers at this level).

I can't promise it will be any good (it is a draft, after all...a polished draft, but still a draft). I can promise that I will do my best to weave an interesting, complex tale that tries out funky narrative form.

(Also receive a thank you message and periodic reports on writing projects.)

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Access to periodic Behind-the-Scenes lens on the creative process.

I'll send along weird things that writers do behind closed doors, like before/after revisions, notes on character, sketches of maps or schematics, research notes, photos of me crying over the keyboard...the usual.

(Also receive a thank you message and periodic reports on writing projects, and exclusive serial fiction.)




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About Lisa M. Palin


I believe stories can change the world.

Recent studies have suggested that people don't make decisions based on logic, reason, and facts. Rather, they make decisions primarily based on emotion. In today's "fake news" world, where the variety of available information sources in the marketplace has exploded and the ability to critically evaluate information has declined, this is a vital factor to consider.

I'm a full time high school English teacher. Before that, I was a lawyer. I teach my students how to use a combination of evidence, logic, and emotion to persuade or enlighten others, and the best way to evoke emotion in your audience is through narrative. I also teach a law school course in Litigation Drafting as a side gig, and those students get the same message: make your client the hero of their own story, and then tell that story.

How many can relate to having cried during the last moments of Toy Story 3 or during basically the entirety of Coco? How often do you think of a movie scene, or television episode that made you really think about your own life? What books or stories can you remember reading at a particular time in your life such that it seemed like the author was totally reading your mind because this story is so about you?

We. Love. Stories.

Not only that, we use them. We use them to reflect on our own lives, to teach us possible actions and reactions that might have a place in how we live and interact with others. We extrapolate from a set of fictional circumstances to the real world around us. We take what we get out of stories and we make a new reality with it. It's like magic.

Maybe, if people don't make decisions based on logic, reason, and facts, the best way to get someone to consider alternative perspectives and view circumstances in a new light is to tell them a story and let them do the rest. Epiphanies are personal, and more meaningful when we come to them on our own.

This is what I want to do: tell stories that make people think and see things that they may have been closed off to in the past. It's what I've always wanted to do.

For a while, I was on that path. Circumstances outside of my control (or that got out of my control) have made it necessary to focus on meeting financial needs in the past several years. As a result, I've had to take on multiple side jobs to make ends meet. This means less time for writing. I decided to give Patreon a try, because if I can use any income made here to "buy back" some writing time from my side jobs, maybe I can get back on track again.

Join me, if you wish. It's always more fun when you've got a few friends along on your journey. Thanks for stopping by!
$74 of $100 per month
Getting to $100 per month will buy back five hours of writing time. That doesn't seem like a lot, but when you are hustling for every extra dollar in your spare time, it's a godsend!
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