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October 2017 Newsletter
The Story Mint Newsletter | October 2017
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Welcome to our October newsletter.
The Story Mint has a new brand. It’s a confirmation of the values of The Story Mint and its members.
See our new logo at http://www.thestorymint.com/

Our exciting new logo follows six intense years of exploring writers’ shared values.
Our research highlighted the most important aspects of The Story Mint’s online presence. Members told us how much they value the diversity of our writers community, our unique technology, and connection with a global audience of readers.

The Story Mint is a network of writers around the globe, dedicated to continuously refining their writing skills by using our unique online writer’s tool.

Incremental Website changes
You will see incremental changes to The Story Mint website as we identify ways to deliver more benefits. This is important if we are to grow and move forward.

Edutech/Work 2.0 Africa Conference 

Edutech/Work 2.0 Africa was an amazing experience. We were alongside some large organisations such as an educational publisher, government providers of educational services and digital technologies. Our stand created a lot of interest and many stopped to ask what we did.
It was wonderful to have Sumanda Maritz there supporting us and we really appreciated the work she did to make sure it all came together. Thank you Sumanda.

Winning chapter writer
Congratulations to our winning chapter writer this month, Rosemary Wakelin, for her chapters for Rest In Peace AND d.a.d.s.  It really was clever, original and yet true to each genre.

Read Rosemary's excellent blog on Expressing a Character's ANGER further on. Her tips are brilliant.

Best wishes and happy, successful writing
Suraya, CEO

Latest News

Sumanda talks to stand visitors                     

by Suraya Dewing
Attending Edutech/Work 2.0 Africa conference in Johannesburg was an unforgettable experience. We had a stand near the entrance to our exhibition hall and people saw us as soon as they came through the door. We became one of the first points to visit.
While we were there I kept hearing in my mind the mantra from my course at Massey University’s (NZ) ecentre: identify the compelling need.
The stand gave us an excellent opportunity to talk with people and to learn and discuss the issues they faced.
The stand was made up of three eye-catching panels:
One panel featured  Our Mission, Our Purpose, Our Values and our Ethics. It was eye catching and impressive.
Our position meant people saw us the minute they walked through the door. This was perfect. It was our first ever Trade Show and I discovered how powerful these can be when you have an important story to tell. It was a very worthwhile trip and the 30 hour flights there and back were certainly worth the effort.

We sincerely hope you will remain with us and help us grow our great community further.

What people are saying

I love the book "Everyone Has a Story".

I loved it because all the different genres and different author's left me excited to see where each story would go. They were a very fun read.
Diana Labrum

Tell us what you think about our community of writers and concept, we'd love to hear from you.

Tell us what you think

Moving forward with...

Our wonderful members and supporters.

Here are just some of the benefits of belonging to The Story Mint
You become part of a global community of writers with whom you can share your writing dreams and aspirations is just one of many and you have technology to guide you on style.

Tell us your stories
What is your writing goal? Let us know.


What's been happening in the Serials this month? 

We published three chapter 8s this month and each one is a great example of how to begin to draw a story to its conclusion while leaving enough loose ends for the last two writers to work with. I hope that you agree.

Donna McTavish, Serials Manager, NZ.

New chapters this month 

Rest in Peace is a gripping story and the latest chapter written by Rosemary Wakelin (the winner of this months' chapter of the month) is no exception. Suraya described it as "a breathtaking chapter from start to right down to the final line".

Another chapter 8 by Rosemary this month, this time for d.a.d.s., a humorous look into relationships, warts and all.

Hemali has written a wonderful chapter for Lawnmarket that captures the mood of Edinburgh of old and moves the story forward effortlessly.

And finally this month we celebrate the start of the story Encounter, created by Joe Labrum. Joe has written the starter of this sci-fi mystery, and also the first chapter which Ray Stone describes as a "wonderful piece of imaginary writing". We can't wait to see where this one goes.

There are seven serials ready for writers to book a chapter so take a look around the website - there is bound to be something that interests and/or challenges you.  We love to get new stories started so help us out and book a chapter or two now!

Who to send your starters and chapters to:
If you have a starter send it to: suraya@thestorymint.com
If you've written a chapter send it to donnamct@gmail.com

If we are to consider a serial for the next Anthology each writer needs to:
1. Make sure the chapters follow logically.
2. Make sure the chapter lands on the stylecheck
3. Make sure the chapter leaves the story open for the next writer to follow a thread. The last chapter is the only exception.

If you have a starter, send it to suraya@thestorymint.com. We will consider a starter in any genre (except erotica) between 450 - 500 words. 

Fabulous reading from the Writers' Pad

Remember, you choose when to publish your work. In the meantime, you can store your writing on the Writers' Pad . To make it public you tick the publish box.

Freedom - Myth or Reality
by Bruce Howat
In this short piece, Bruce asks if freedom is a state of mind or physical reality.
by Bruce Howat
In this short piece, Bruce asks what model for community do we want.

Use the Writers' Pad to test reaction to your story when you are ready to share it with the public.
We don't edit these stories but please remember our policy of no erotica.


This month's Chapter Writer winner, is


Rosemary is our chapter winner this month with her chapters for Rest In Peace and d.a.d.s. Both are completely different in tone and style in keeping with the preface of each story. Each chapter is gripping and beautifully crafted.

Here is a piece from Rest in Peace.
The woman with the white hair and translucent face snapped her head in the direction of the scream. When she looked back at Sarah, it was with a chilling sneer.

And now this from d.a.d.s
I tell Lorraine I will never marry her. I tell Mrs Belafonte how much I hate pumpkin. I tell Mr Baldwin what a pompous, bigoted person he is, that threatening my business because he can’t control his students was‘not cool’.

Both chapters move the story along and start bringing each story to an end. Well done Rosemary!

A chat about books

by Suraya Dewing
Reviewed by Jasmine Groves

Voices is engrossing; involving you in the tales of many lives, from a teacher in the far north who loves teaching, to Amanda who can’t get the silver tea service out of her mind.
This compilation of short stories draws the reader in, as more characters are introduced and play their part. It is easy to find yourself alongside them through the imagery that comes to mind as the words lift off the page.

These are people’s lives, happy - sad or complicated. Many of the stories are underpinned by either Maori themes or those of the environment. Each short story takes you to a time and place.

I particularly like this extract from Love's Laughter Lost
“Your lights went out one stormy night when thunder crashed in the sky and the black and angry clouds poured scorn upon the world. The tiny stream that ran through your farm filled with brown muddy water and overflowed. Earth filled water became waves as if the tide pushed them ashore…That was when your laughter died and fear took its place.”
Price: $35
Available through Rangitawa Publishing

Blogs across the Spectrum

Expressing Character’s Emotions: ANGER- Part Two
by Rosemary Wakelin



Short recap of Part One.
  • A character can express anger either passively or aggressively dependent upon their nature.
  • If a character digresses from their true self, ensure their motivation for doing so is plausible.
  • Remember, below are simply suggestions.
  • The secret to effective and clever writing is not to copy ideas but allow those ideas to inspire your own.
Ways Characters Display Anger - Passive
  • Giving the cold shoulder
  • Acting silent; deliberately not speaking
  • Avoiding conflict
  • Displaying phobic or obsessive behaviours e.g. overeating, fanatical cleaning
  • Acting out the victim
  • Seeking a sympathetic ear
  • Pretending to feel unwell
  • Disengaging/withdrawing from conversations and social activities
  • Hiding physical signs like clenching hands and toes
  • Emotional blackmailing
  • Gossiping behind one’s back
  • Using others to do your dirty work
  • Being overly critical of oneself
  • Apologising constantly
  • Continual headaches
I have to say, after re-reading this list, I am certain I have never displayed any one of these traits in my ENTIRE life… NOT!!!!  Of course, I have. I am human. That’s what makes this list plausible. It is how REAL people act.
Love this cartoon, courtesy of Writer’swrite.co.za

Don’t we all hate those situations when people give you the SILENT TREATMENT and you don’t even know why? Nasty stuff, heh?  
Time to move on.

Ways Characters Display Anger - aggressive

  • Acting recklessly
  • Acting inappropriately e.g. physically, mentally and verbally abusive, destructive, abusing power
  • Blaming others
  • Acting as if they are better than anyone else
  • Boasting [take your pick from that endless list of things one could boast about!]
  • Being vengeful and punishing others
  • Exploding over small issues
  • Ignoring other people’s feelings
  • Acting vulgarly
Yep, definitely not me!
Even though my husband swears otherwise, [thankfully for just one or two of the above]. I am Scorpio, after all.
Again, moving on.
The following is a list of physical symptoms when one is angry. You decide those denoting aggressive and those denoting passive behaviours.
  • Flaring nostrils
  • Beads of sweat
  • Heightened chin
  • Noisy, heavy breathing
  • Planting legs wide apart
  • Shaking clenched fists
  • Jerky bodily movements
  • Fingers flexing
  • Entering another character’s personal space
  • Face reddens, lips curl
  • Fingernails dig into one’s palm
  • Pounding fists against… well, against anything you want reallywall, sofa, an already mangled picture of one’s ex-boss. Joking!
  • Punching, kicking, stomping, throwing
  • Veins pulsating, throbbing in the neck
  • Drawing in slow, steady breaths
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Face muscles twitching
  • Sharp edged laughter
  • Raised, shaking voice
  • Pulsating heartbeat, grinding teeth, body flushes
  • Skin itchy, burning… as if bitten by a thousand, crawling, ravenous insects, searching for….
Hmmm, possibly good spot to leave you and wish you well in your own creative journeys.
Reference: https://writerswrite.co.za/37-ways-to-write-about-anger/
We recommend the blogs on our website.
Read other blogs at http://www.thestorymint.com/blog

Writing Tips!


This is an excellent link which tells you what the benefits of writing well are.
1. You will communicate with clarity
2. You will eliminate stress by writing down your concerns
3. You will be more productive
4. You will learn more
5. You will gain awareness of your reality...

Five outstanding reasons to keep writing.

If you have any websites you’d like to recommend send us the link.

Writing Meetup this month

International Writers Groups
Melbourne http://www.meetup.com/The-Melbourne-Writers-Meetup-Group/
New Zealand http://authors.org.nz/writers-resources/writing-groups/
USA http://writersrelief.com/writers-associations-organizations/
New Delhi http://www.meetup.com/Delhi-Aspiring-Writers/
London http://www.meetup.com/londonwriterscafe/

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