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First, a word of appreciation for all in the community who have been posting stories, providing feedback on one another's posts, and helping our community to grow and thrive!
Okay, onto the news. Here are the topics in this newsletter:
- Meet Our New Admin!
- A REFRESH of Our Rules for Posting and Engaging in The Ink Well
- Creative Inspiration and Skill Building
- Weekly Prizes!
Meet Our New Admin!
The Ink Well continues to grow, and our admin team is expanding too. Recently, we onboarded @yaziris, who brings to the team some tech talent, community building skills and a great eye for a good story.
Please give him a warm welcome!
A REFRESH of Our Rules for Posting and Engaging in The Ink Well
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As always, we ask that you get to know our community before posting here. Learn who we are, read our rules, and meet our participants by reading and supporting their work. The following are a few highlights of what we expect and what to know about The Ink Well.
If you're new, or you're not aware of our rules, please take the time to read them. If you are on a desktop or laptop computer, you can find them at the top of our community home page. You will also see them at the top of your post in The Ink Well if you hover over the blue "Rules" button. Can't see them? You can find the rules here.
The following are some of the rules that we commonly re-explain to unaware members:
- Do not post violent content. No stabbings, rapes, murders, brutality of women or children, etc. etc. And do not post anything NSFW (not safe for work). Why? Because we are a community that is open to anyone and everyone. And these topics and images are unpalatable or even traumatizing for some people (including The Ink Well admins). We also have no way of preventing children from viewing our community content. Please read our article on violence and brutality where we spell this out in very clear language.
- Please only post short stories in The Ink Well. That is the sole focus of our community. There are other communities for poetry, essays, freewriting, etc.
- Please do not post chapter stories or "multi-part" stories. The reason for this rule is so that readers do not need to have read a preceding or future piece in order to read and enjoy the current piece they are reading. Each piece must stand on its own, with a beginning, middle and end.
- We require images to be non-copyrighted (e.g. from sites like Pixabay, Pexels or Unsplash) and for your story to include a linked source for every image. If the images are your own, please be sure to make a note of it.
- Plagiarism and re-posting are not allowed. We only accept 100% unique, original content in The Ink Well. This is to ensure that The Ink Well community follows the highest standards for content, and that rewards go to those who have developed and shared their own creative work in the community.
Rules Support and Protect Our Community
The goals of The Ink Well are to foster creativity and growth, and to help writers develop their writing skills and earn an income for their work. We want The Ink Well to be a safe and welcoming place for writers and readers. As community admins, we are staunch defenders of truth, honesty, and creative integrity.
Be sure to check out The Ink Well Manifesto, if you have never done so. It provides the mission of The Ink Well, information about rewards and income, and more information on our policies.
No community is a true community without involvement and engagement! We ask that you read and comment on at least two other writers' work each week, or two for each story you publish in The Ink Well. And remember that the rewards for Hive posts are split between the writer and the curators! You are paid to read and support other writers, just as you are paid to publish. Your support of others also builds your following.
Creative Inspiration and Skill Building
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In The Ink Well, we're not just about posting content and getting rewards. We are about building skills that help you earn the best possible rewards because your readers love to read your stuff!
We are here to nudge you to strive for greatness. You know how it feels when someone says, "Wow, just wow! I loved your story!" That's what it's all about. And the good news is that the rewards follow! If people love your work, they give you great upvotes. They seek you out. They want more of your creative content. And curation accounts like Curie, which we utilize and support, will give you the best possible upvotes too.
So what are you waiting for? Use our resources to build your skills and improve your writing. Here are some of the resources we provide:
- Creative inspiration
We encourage and support ideas and creativity by publishing a weekly fiction prompt. Watch for them in The Ink Well on Monday nights. Additionally, we have a nearly inexhaustible list of ideas to spur your writing. And these resources are included in every weekly prompt for reference: 50 Loglines, 50 Story Ideas, and 50 Imagination Ticklers
- Skill building opportunities
We have a great catalog of fiction writing tips that can help any writer learn and grow. You can learn about characters, conflict, scene building, dialog and more. We hope you take advantage of it. And here are some important tips that can help you improve your writing craft:
-- Draft your content in Google docs, or use Google docs for spell checking and syntax checking. It is very easy to do and it is explained in the post Help for the Grammatically Challenged.
-- Make sure your story has the key elements of a story, including character development, scene setting, dialog, a conflict and a resolution. We provide resources to help you with all of these important fiction elements in our catalog of fiction writing tips.
-- Review your work before posting. You will most likely find a missing word, a grammatical error, a misspelling or a sentence that does not start with a capital letter.
Of course we saved the best for last! As of this week, we are rolling out a weekly prize. The idea is to encourage and support writing skills and help our community members to continually improve their craft. So sharpen your pencils and make sure you are doing your best work!
*Each week we will be choosing a story that demonstrates a specific aspect of short story writing, which we will start announcing with each prompt. At the end of the month we will choose an overall best story for the month.
For the first week of February, the skill we are looking for is world building.
Don't be intimidated. It's really just a fancy term for giving lots of great details about the setting for your story. You can do this! And it's a great time to do so, with our prompt for the week: They're here.
Oh, the prize! We will be selecting a winner for the week who has written a story with great details about the story's location or setting that help us immerse in the story. The winner will receive 5 Hive!
Thank you for reading our newsletter. And thank you for being a part of our community. We are here to encourage you and help you on your writing journey.
We would like to invite lovers of creative writing to visit The Ink Well, a Hive community started by @raj808 and @stormlight24 and run by @jayna, @agmoore, @gracielaacevedo, @wrestlingdesires and @yaziris.
We also invite you to follow The Ink Well curation trail on the Hive blockchain, at https://hive.vote/. Simply navigate to the curation trail section and search for theinkwell (all one word with no @ symbol) and our trail will pop up as an option.
Similarly delegations are possible on Hive using the fantastic https://peakd.com/ Hive Blockchain front end. If you wish to delegate to @theinkwell, you can do this from the wallet section of https://peakd.com/
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