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October Newsletter

Newsletter October 2014

Hi everyone,

I am so excited I can hardly sit still. We are expanding what we offer members and there is tremendous activity at The story Mint. The serials are rocking and the Writers’ Pad has some fabulous writing on it. I am also working with students who are learning English as a second language and learning how the Style GuideTM can help them. Check the Style GuideTM game below. It’s fun.

We’ve tested Google Hang Outs and these start soon. Anyone can join one of these monthly sessions.
I’ll see you there!

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Latest News

New features and new general updates, etc..

Google Hang out. 

We have tested it and are now ready to have monthly Hangout sessions for writers. Anyone interested in writing or reading is welcome.

Writers: Talk about your work and read passages. We'll record the conversations and post them on  You Tube, The Story Mint website, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Next session: 1st Nov (NZT) 8.30am.
If you would like to be our next guest, join Azadeh Nafissi on google+ or send her an email: azadehnscreenwriter@gmail.com
We look forward to hearing from you soon.

The video from our first session will be on You Tube next week so keep an eye out for that announcement.


What people are saying

Presenting feedback from users

"I have been writing like mad, I have written 5000 words of the next Enda Mystery and have started a Sci Fi short. As I write I am landing on the grid every time. My writing has improved no end and I am finding a more mature voice as I progress. The grid is the best self-teach writing tool I have worked with, with the exception of a live editor. Its great reading through the work, tweaking descriptive passages and getting into a character's shoes and bringing them alive. 

You turned the ignition key and my engine is firing on all cylinders." 

Raymond Stone


Moving Forward With... Networking News

Presenting new partnerships

We have developed two wonderful partnerships: 

1. NZIE [NZ Institute of Education]: Selected students are using the Style GuideTM. We are measuring the improvement following an assessment of their writing competency at the beginning and end of the trial.

2. A recent immigrant from India is also looking at how the Style GuideTM can help her to gain confidence with her writing.

What’s hot with the Serials?

The serials are riveting reads covering all genres. 

New writer, Liv Manu has written her first chapter for Maggie and Danny. The second chapter by Leif Rennes (soon to be posted) has a shocking twist at the end.

Rosemary Wakelin ‘s chapter for Hostage is nail biting. 

Ray Stone has fired up the thriller aspect of What’s In there

There are two chapters left to book for Iliena Bosu’s The Verdict. 

Don't forget to read Kristin School's serial 'Cold'. The students are truly skilful storytellers.

There are some wonderful starters up for booking

Fabulous reading on the Writers' Pad

There is some brilliant writing on the Writers’ Pad.

Dana Cariola gives us a peek into a town with secrets in ‘A Night’s Owl’. 

Ray Stone has filled his character’s life with frightening unimaginable demons in Neurotrap. 

Jack Mulcahey’s Night of the Full Moon is a fantasy with tormented characters of Dickensian clarity.

Truly evocative writing.


Writing Competition

Congratulations to...

Joe Labrum for Chapter Six of The Vacant Room. The editors said, ‘this was an incredible chapter’. 

Next month’s competition: Best starter for a serial. It can be in any genre. 

Send it to Mary-Liz.

A chat about books

Book Review of:

A Marker to Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik

First of all, I would like to thank Alexander Maksik and his publisher for sending me a review copy of his latest novel, A Marker to Measure Drift Alexander Maksik’s second novel is an impressionist portrayal of survival and resilience. Those readers who are in love with novels by Woolf, Joyce, Conrad, etc will definitely be dazzled by Maksik’s writing style. 

Jacqueline is a 24 year-old Liberian woman who flees from her country after seeing the brutal murder of her family. She takes shelter in a cave on Santorini Island where she tries to recover from the trauma. She easily loses track of time as her only companion is the ghost of her family. Lonely, hungry, scared, she wanders on the Island and tries to continue to live but flashbacks never let her sleep. Sometimes the pressure of what she recalls is so unbearable she wonders if memory is a curse or a blessing. As she walks on the beach memories come and go like the tide and little by little it gets difficult for her to distinguish memory from hallucination. 

Jacqueline is a believable protagonist and Maksik artistically uses ‘stream of consciousness’ to depict her story. Through some imaginary conversations with the ghost of her mother, Jacqueline’s feelings and thoughts are shown to us. She has to move from one place to another place in order to find a permanent shelter, a home. The ending is open as she makes friends with a waitress and we hope that the waitress is able to help her after listening to her. 

5 out of 5 stars and I look forward to reading Alexander Maksik’s other works. 

Azadeh Nafissi

Screenwriter/Filmmaker (Paris)

Blog across the Spectrum

Our favourite blogger this September: Azadeh Nafissi

Azadeh Nafissi’s blog ‘On Writing skills in a 2nd importance of being fluent in more than one language.

She says: ‘...being able to convey your thoughts in several languages is not a luxury but a necessity.’

We can help you publish your book

Writers depend on reviews to get their books noticed and sold.

Rosie Amber

Reviews are the life blood of writers and Rosie has an excellent team of reviewers.

You are not expected to review other people’s writing in return for them reviewing yours. However, reviewing other people’s work is a great way to improve your own writing skills and to meet other writers.

Rosie Amber does not promise to review everyone’s books but she is expanding the genres she covers. Check out the A to Z Challenge for bloggers and her Good Deed Challenge.

Let's Slideshare

Sharing the work that is being done at the Story Mint.
The Style Guide™ is the last step in achieving writing mastery: spell check, grammar check, style check™. See how style changes as writing moves around the Style Guide™
If you want to know more about the company, please visit: The Story Mint.Or for any comments, ideas, suggestions, interest please email: suraya@thestorymint.com


Facebook Facts

Our newest serial Maggie and Danny has had 8000 readers, 26 likes which means the reader has sent the link on to their networks and 4 new page likes. Those people will be notified when we post anything else.
So please go and Like our Facebook page if you haven't already.

A Style Guide™ Game

Copy each paragraph below into the Style Guide™ and watch what happens. 

  1. Katrina Kaif is one of Bollywood’s highest paid actresses and regarded as one of the most attractive celebrities. She is also a beautiful model. 
  2. Katrina Kaif is one of Bollywood’s highest paid actresses, who is one of the most attractive and gorgeous celebrities. She is a beautiful model. 
  3. Katrina Kaif is one of Bollywood’s highest paid actresses, who is a gorgeous celebrity. She is also a model from India.
  4. Katrina Kaif is one of Bollywood’s highest paid actresses, who is proud to be Indian. She is regarded as a gorgeous celebrity and a beautiful model.

Make up your own sentences and see if you can make those land in different parts of the Style Guide ™


Writing "Meetup" this month

For a list of writer’s groups around NZ go to http://www.nzwriterscollege.co.nz/Competitions+and+Writers+Resources/Writing+Circles+in+New+Zealand.html
The Writers’ College offers over 30 different writing courses using on line resources and award winning tutors.

Website Recommendation

Want some help on publishing and marketing your book? Ask David.

This is an excellent website offering book reviews and promotions: His pointers help writers prepare promotional material and gives prompts for promoting your novel. He also sets writers up to send out their twitter and Facebook up dates.

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