When I started playing D&D a year or so ago, I could instantly tell it would be a great balance against my writing. The inspiration is so strong when you play [player or DM] and I’ve found my brain firing constantly thanks to it over the past year.
When I rearranged my Patreon [you can scope it here], I decided to include a D&D Random Character History pledge option and every month I generate a character sheet on dndbeyond.com and then try to work out the character’s life, back story, and possible future. It’s like a narrative puzzle, and it’s so much fun, and then I get to write a short piece laying this character out.
The aim is for it to be fun to read, but it can also be used in anyone’s adventure as a unique NPC, and it’s also a great mental break for my brain. I’m usually writing comic scripts, and story proposals, and plot engines and it’s all large stuff, so this flash writing is just fun for me – as are the 300 Word Flash Fic posts on my Patreon.
In short, my Patreon helps me collect a little bit of money for keeping my writing bones sharp, and it gives me a smile, and hopefully it gives something to my supporters over there. This week I’ve uploaded my latest character, a Dragonborn Fighter with skills on the Glassblower tools, and she was a blast to figure out.
If you dig short-form writing, and supporting writers getting their fingers flowing in their home office, then I think you’d dig what I do on my Patreon.
Every dollar adds up and helps me out and I can’t express how thankful it makes me.