My first serial chapter was around the early part of 2012 and I was anxious about opening myself up to the group of accomplished writers. I always thought I might have something to say but having never written anything of note for anyone but myself I was a little afraid to take the first step. My friend Ray Stone introduced me to The Story Mint and gave me great encouragement for which I am forever grateful. I believe I have grown immeasurably in confidence and skill from practicing the craft but even more from the many gifted writers who read my chapters and leave insightful comments. And an added bonus is that it is great fun and quite challenging writing chapters in the serials. Thank you for the opportunity.
Joe Labrum, USA
"My acquaintance with writing is not perhaps a very old one as I was rather busy with making ends meet through most of my adult life. However, once I got started, I began writing rather a lot but most of it was still just work - things I wrote for money. There for not much scope for me to share the poems I wrote of the fiction. Finally, I took the plunge and published a book of poetry called 'Simply Said' and a children's book called 'Kosho and Sid' in which I created a character called Kosho.
My forays into writing prose were restricted to 'letters to the editor' or the numerous scripts for different school functions till I came across The Story Mint, and for that I must thank Tamal, whom I met at a literary discussion of the Wordzville group. Through The Story Mint, I not only gave vent to my need to express myself in diverse genres like mystery and romance but also learnt how to improve my craft under the seasoned and gentle guidance of Suraya. Personally, I must admit I am not a great fan of the grid. But at least it gives a beginner some idea as to how to improve his work.
It is a great pleasure for me to open the site and go through the fertile imaginations of so many minds from all over the world. The concept of serial writing and the exciting prospect of seeing how it will all turn out, in the end, keeps me hooked to The Story Mint. Ray's comments are always insightful. The prompt replies and the openness to feedback is something one could take a lesson or two from.
My Sunday morning cuppa, is almost always accompanied by a serial from The Story Mint which I read and enjoy. I hope that I can be associated with it for a long time to come. Vive la Story Mint!
Tulika Saha, India
“I’ve dreamed of writing stories ever since I was a child. I’ve always enjoyed writing and had a desire to publish ‘someday.’ I read a lot online about self-publishing and the pitfalls of that – in fact I got totally put off by the number of people who concluded that its best to just publish for fun, not for revenue. I have to say that The Story Mint has enabled those distant dreams to, once again, become a genuine reality. From my first interaction I have found the people encouraging and supportive, and I’ve seen the growth first hand, from humble beginnings to carrying the influence they possess now. The critique on my work has always been with the intent to be positive and progressive. It’s very impressive how Suraya and the team have turned a passion for nurturing creative ability into a viable conduit for authors to find their way into the world of publishing. Anyone who wants to improve their ability to write and join a caring community would be well advised to join The Story Mint.”
Daniel Oliver, NZ
“Ever since I joined The Story Mint a little more than three years ago, I’ve witnessed writers being encouraged by positive criticism and words of reassurance. In my own experience, when my first ever chapter in ‘A Fetching Story’ was published, I wasn’t just showered with praises. The senior mentors, also pointed out my problem areas and what I could do to improve my writing skills. Since then it’s been an eye opening journey, their expert guidance supporting and nurturing the writer in me.
Mr. Raymond Stone, Ms. Suraya Dewing and other experienced/published authors associated with The Story Mint are always ready to impart their knowledge to each one of us. Their blogs are a great source of help when it comes to developing skills in the craft of writing.
To talk about The Story Mint and not mention the Style Guide would be a crime. I personally feel it’s stricter on the quality of work submitted. Written work, showing a hint of mediocrity, is thrown off the grid and the writer is presented with requisite suggestions for improvement. This shows that here, an amateur writer’s provided with help in every possible way so as to evolve into a published author.”
Iliena Bosu, India
The Story Mint has been a colossal trigger to my newfound wish for experimental writing. Before, I centred on realistic plots and didn’t venture too far from writing my favourite moral-deep short stories and novellas depicting situations taken out of real life. Then I joined The Story Mint and started signing up to write chapters for the different serials. As I wrote a chapter here, a chapter there, I greatly enjoyed putting a paw into various genres, completely untouched by me in past years. The Story Mint is a fabulous platform to motivate, inspire and support up-and-coming as well as already existing authors. You share your work, receive comments, thereby meet new people, people from the publishing world no more and no less sometimes! The positive feedback I received on the short stories I uploaded and the chapters I submitted for my own and others’ serials was so motivational that I finally gathered the courage to share my work further.
Anna Zhigareva, Scotland/NZ
"Suraya has been a mentor to me with regards to my writing. The experience of working with her as CEO of The Story Mint is best described as opening my eyes to the possibilities of a career avenue that I never thought off. She gives excellent support to new and upcoming writers, with a humility that I hope to achieve someday. I am a better writer today than I was when I first started at The Story Mint."
Sumanda Maritz, South Africa
Then I was lucky to discover The Story Mint, what an amazing tool and forum. The other amazing thing about the Story Mint is the 'Style Guide™', you know sometimes we rework and rework a story and lose direction, it is amazing to be able to drop some text in the Style Guide™ and see where you can tighten it up. The Style Guide™ has shown me how I can develop as a writer...
Jasmine Groves, Associate Director Alumni Engagement, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.
Who would have ever thought a senior PR person would make such a comment about my work - this is the outcome of the Style Guide improving my writing. A senior PR person recently called my writing ‘awesome’.
Bruce Howat, CEO World Skills NZ
The Story Mint gave me the confidence I needed. My entire journey up until now, in the writing field has been possible only because of The Story Mint team.
Tamal Dutta, India
Sometimes the editing process is so boring...I love that The Story Mint gives me an avenue to escape from it [via the serials], to create again…
Rosemary Wakelin, Australia
I was pleased as punch to have the positive outcome from the Style Guide™ after having put in so much time, effort and money into my studies.
Rose Jowsey, NZ
‘I used the Style Guide™ for my PhD thesis and I must admit, it was really helpful using the grid as a benchmark to assess the quality of my writing style. Highly recommended.’
Mack Saraswat.Lifeonics. com
I have been involved with the Story Mint Serials from almost the beginning. I find they do a great deal to help me center my thoughts, to be precise in my descriptions, to force me to develop a hook at the end of each 500 word sequence and to have fun with the challenge of picking up a story …
Kalli Deschamps, USA
The Story Mint is a great way to not only show your work but receive amazing critique. What sets it apart from other writing sites is its professionalism…
Paris Whitehead, NZ 12 years old
The Story Mint's Serials provide great fun, motivation - and a deadline! And with the help of The Story Mint's Style Guide, I can feel confident that my contribution hits the right mix of description versus action and dialogue…
Angela Shaw, Communications Consultant, NZ
My writing has improved no end and I am finding a more mature voice as I progress. The grid [Style Guide™] is the best self-teach writing tool I have worked with, with the exception of a live editor. You turned the ignition key and my engine is firing on all cylinders.
Ray Stone, author, Cyprus
Firstly, let me congratulate you on your most wonderfully innovative ‘take’ on helping would-be writers such as me. I love Earnest [Style Guide™] and assumed he is a wonderful invention of the 21st century with a solid gold microchip for a heart. Once again, congratulations on an amazing website – an absolute Aladdin’s Cave for writers.
Gabrielle Burt, writer, NZ
The whole experience feels like I've been on a creative writing course intensive! I can already see major improvements in my writing. You know, even the 500 word limit is a good feature because it forces you to get on with the story!
Dan Oliver, writer, NZ