November 2018

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November 2018


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


Everyone Has a Story
Anthology Two

Our second Anthology is out now. Order fromThe Story Mint



Final comments from Breaking the Code

There were three really important points about writing that kept coming up during Breaking the Code: from published to best-selling author.
This topic came up several times. As our editors work with writers we are increasingly aware of the challenge writers have when deciding what is important and what is padding. Stylefit™  can help because too much waffle throws the writing of the grid. However, writing also needs to be viewed through a fresh set of eyes. Writers begin to see things that are not on the page because they have read it so many times. Check that the same idea is not repeated using different words. Be ruthless. Be absolutely ruthless. Make sure every word deserves to be on the page. Loving a piece of writing does not necessarily mean it adds to the story or belongs there.
Often the only way to deal with what to save and what to keep is to get someone who is objective to go over it - pay someone if necessary.
The importance of being authentic.
Being authentic and not being afraid to share those things that make writers feel he or she is exposing a raw part of themselves.
Be vulnerable. Don't worry about what someone might think. If a writer is authentic the reader will relate to that rawness using his or her own experience. It invites the reader into the writer's life. .
A question was asked about how much research a writer needed to do in order to write a book. The answer was as much as possible because even if all the information is not used the reader will sense that the writer knows his or her subject intimately and therefore, has the authority to speak on it.

Thoughts from Ken Burns
Melbourne was worth going to. The breakdown of publishing options was really useful.  Using social media to do your own marketing and make people aware of what you're doing makes complete sense.
The writing games were fun and broke the day up.
The other writers were open/friendly and really good to socialise with.
Membership news
We have been busy behind the scenes preparing an exciting future for The Story Mint and, as part of our planning for 2019 we have formed a membership committee led by Joe Labrum.
He is happy to discuss any questions you may have about your membership and we would like to hear your ideas about how we can serve your writing needs better.

The Next Symposium
Yes, there will be one. We are working on ideas, using your feedback and our observations. We'll share these with you in the next newsletter so look out for that.

We wish you inspired writing
From the team at The Story Mint

New stories
This month a group of wonderful storytellers completed FIVE serials. That is massive so take a bow everyone!
And we have also posted many more chapters.

New chapters
Chapters for FOUR additional serials are ready to read.

New Serials
There are SEVEN new serials to book.
Deception has only ONE chapter left so be in quick to make sure you don't miss out.
Pop over to our SERIAL section, log in and scroll down to see all the new serials listed. Then get busy!

Ray Stone (Cyprus) has just finished this outstanding story. It is full of twists and turns.  Twinkle is a crime story with a reluctant protagonist. It is gripping with wonderful character insights.. Storytelling at its magical best.

Completed serials
Started by Joe Labrum (USA) this serial ends with Roland's father, caught between two worlds, sending Roland and Dan back to earth to complete a mission. Final Chapter by Suraya Dewing (NZ).

Started by Ken Burns (NZ) Sweetness ends with Barry discovering the twin's secret and finding true love. Final chapter by Diana Labrum (USA).

Rest in Peace
Starter by Hemali Ajmera (India) Two ambitious friends fall out over ice skating championships. Jealousy leads to their destruction. Final chapter by Jasmine Groves (NZ).

Mirror, Mirror
Starter by Sumanda Maritz (S. Africa). Mirror, Mirror began with a mirror in an antique shop and became a love triangle between Alice in the 21st century, Oliver a sea captain in the 18th century and Emma. The slips between centuries and events through the mystical mirror. Final chapter by Jasmine Groves (NZ).


And finally, there will be some exciting developments behind the scenes in the way we are going to manage serials so look out for details in the next newsletter.

Happy writing everyone!

Other serials with new chapters
Welcome to Halloween Chapter 2
by Hemali Ajmera (India)
Liberation chapter 3
by Jasmine Groves (NZ)
Mirror, Mirror Chapter 9
by Suraya Dewing (NZ)
Lawnmarket Chapter 6
by Joe Labrum (USA)
From the India Writers Group Serial

Two Weddings and a Funeral  is about a woman pressured to marry a man she does not love. Sameer Nagarajan has written a many threaded chapter giving the perspectives of people affected by the coming nuptial.


Danger lurks.

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
Important Membership News
There are many benefits to being a member of The Story Mint. You become part of a supportive community that aims to always inspire and encourage other writers to succeed.

We are expanding our services over the coming year and this means we can no longer offer free access to The Story Mint. We have however, set the rate at a standard price of US$50 per year. This entitles you to full access to everything we offer including Stylefit™ our self-direct writing coach.

Additionally we will offer special member rates for professional editing, publishing advice, manuscript feedback and representation to agents/publishers.
Other benefits will be special rates to attend workshops and our symposium.
We do sincerely hope you value being part of our vibrant writing community and will continue with us.

Over the next few weeks we will be in touch to give you more detail about how being a member of The Story Mint will enable to you to successfully follow your writing dream.

If you would like to discuss your membership please contact Joe Labrum on

To join, go to membership
Happy writing!

Anthology Up-date
We are very proud to present our second Anthology.
It features 10 stories, by 23 authors from 9 countries and the stories are excellent.
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