August 2019

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August 2019


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The Story Mint is a vibrant and inspirational community of writers who celebrate one another's successes. 


Have your say
In our newsletter this month we'd like to open the floor to all of our lovely members and find out what you would like to read every month in The Story Mint newsletter. We could have designed a fancy survey but we know you're busy (just like us) so to keep things simple, we are using the simple start/stop/continue approach.

1. What should we continue to do?
2. What should we stop doing?
3. What should we start doing?

Please email your thoughts to  We would love to hear from you.

Linda's tips
We hope that you found inspiration and motivation from Linda's tips last month. She has generously shared another this month from The Fearless Writing Guide: How to drop your doubts and take off.

In the booklet, Linda Alley shares some of the fears that were holding her back from writing and how she overcame them.

“I used to think I didn’t have time to write around a busy full time teaching job, my other commitments and spending time with family and friends. But what was really going on was perfectionism.

I thought I needed to set aside half-day blocks of time to really get into my writing.   

While it would be nice to have hours of writing time everyday, it’s not practical with my lifestyle. If I’d kept believing I needed large chunks of time, I would never have started writing again.

We don’t need large chunks. We just need chunks.”

Want some tips on finding chunks of time to write?

For more tips on free-writing and other ways to overcome self-doubt, subscribe to download a free copy of Linda Alley’s writing guide here.



We are focusing on a rather unusual serial serial this month. The starter for 'Deception' was written by Jasmine Groves (Australia). Jasmine gave us some colourful characters and set a scene but very little plot. Other writers have responded well to this.  

"What a wonderful style of starting a story - no fixed story idea to start with. This will make the other authors work harder, especially the first writer who has to set the tone for a tangible story." 

Chapter 3 of Deception was published this month and we are sure that you will agree that the storyline is heading in an exciting direction. Here is an extract from the recent chapter written by Hemali Ajmera (India).

“Gentlemen,” Castleroy thundered, placing large satin bag on the table that jingled with the sound of coins.

“Don’t worry about the money. There is plenty to go around but I want to be certain that we won’t fail this time,” Castleroy said dramatically, his eyes momentarily resting on each of his titled compatriots as if reminding them of their promise.

The Lords knew that ‘Wrath of God’ was no military genius, but there was no lack of courage and determination in him.

Lord Meredith, in particular, was by now wary of Castleroy’s histrionics.

“Get to the point Castleroy. Let’s see if your men think it to be worthwhile.”

Short story contest
Scribes Valley Publishing is now accepting submissions for their 17th annual short story writing contest. All finalists are published in an annual contest anthology, both print and electronic versions. Monetary prizes for top 3 finalists are based on contest participation – the more entries we receive, the bigger the prize amounts. In addition, all finalists receive a copy of the finished anthology.

  • Thrill us...amaze us...entertain us...TELL US A STORY!
  • Deadline:  November 30, 2019
  • Winners announced around January 30, 2020
  • Word limit: 5,000. Entry Fee:  US$8.00
  • You can enter by snail mail or online submission. Complete submission guidelines and rules on our website.

Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts
Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts is open for submissions.

Grist's reading period for craft essays, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for our print and online issues is open until September 15, and we pay all the writers we publish.

For an idea of what the journal is like, read some online issues or the sample pieces from the most recent print issue.

To submit, see the guidelines click here.

That's all for this month. Once again, thank you for belonging to this inspirational and vibrant community, and happy writing.

The Story Mint team



Writing effective dialogue is a delicate art. You need to sound authentic, capture each character's voice. And you need to cut it at the right moments.


Grab some quiet time and enjoy reading some clever, entertaining writing.

Chapter 3 by Hemali Ajmera
The Spirit of Pythagoras
Chapter 1 by Ant Gavin Smits
(Samos Island)
Who to send your starters and chapters to:
If you have a starter send it to:
If you've written a chapter send it to
Book Reviews
Sameer Nagarajan (Dubai) says,"This could be my writing journey! Simply about giving wings to your dreams!"

125th Floor, Burj Khalifa.

An excellent book that gives lucid answers in simple English to many of the questions about physics, astrophysics and the future as only Hawking can. Recommended.

Membership News

Writing Tips
Some tips for writing dialogue.

  1. Make your dialogue cut to the chase.
  2. Blend dialogue with narration.
  3. Use dialogue to reveal character. Here's an example: ‘By the way, love that jacket, old man,’ Bunny said to me as we were getting out of the taxi. ‘Silk, isn’t it?’
  4. Write dialogue that drives plot.
  5. Avoid unnecessary dialogue tags such as - he said, she chirped happily (Avoid adverbs ending in ly).
  6. Use dialogue to reveal people's relationships to one another.
  7. Write down examples of good dialogue.

Membership Benefits
As a member you get these great membership benefits.
We edit manuscripts for members and prepare them for publication. We also publish and promote their books on social media.

Unlimited use of Stylefit™, a writing edge you will get nowhere else.
  • Belong to an international writing community
  • Your writing promoted to over 25,000 online readers when you write a serial chapter
  • Have one of more of your chapters published in our Anthology, Everyone Has a Story
  • Special member rates for editing, assessment and personalised feedback on individual pieces of writing
  • Promotion to agents/publishers
  • Workshops

To join, go to membership
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