The Ink Well Newsletter: Creative Coin, Optimizing Rewards, Mentoring and More

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Hello Beautiful Community!

First, a word of appreciation for all in the community who have been posting stories and providing feedback on one another's posts, joining contests, and helping our community to grow and thrive!

Okay, onto the news. Here are the topics in this newsletter:

  • Creative Coin News
  • A Refresher on Our Community Rules
  • Community and Creativity
  • How to Optimize the Rewards on Your Posts in The Ink Well
  • A Possible Mentor Program - Let us know what you think!

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Creative Coin News: Use the #creativecoin Tag

Great news! Our community has caught the attention of Creative Coin Fund, and has invited our community to use the #creativecoin tag. This means you can earn both Hive and CreativeCoin with your posts. Also, they have delegated a very nice amount of Creative Coin to our community, and have offered to sponsor a future contest. We will certainly be in community with them and opportunities for collaboration!

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A Refresher on Our Community Rules

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Those of you who have been around for a while know that we have just a few rules. (Well, rather a significant number of rules, actually.) But we assure you that it's not to be controlling or to limit anyone's creativity. It's to keep our community on track.

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. If you are on a phone, or you can find the rules here.

Here are a few examples of our rules that we most often have to reiterate and explain to unaware members:

  • We ask members to avoid certain themes like sex, excessive violence, gore, and brutality of women, children or animals, because these topics and images are unpalatable or even traumatizing for some people. We also have no way of preventing children from viewing our community content.
  • We ask that people only post short stories in The Ink Well, because that is the focus of our community. There are other communities for poetry, essays, freewriting, etc. We have a tiny admin team of three very busy people, and this is partly to help manage our time.
  • We also ask that our members do not post chapter stories or serial ("to be continued") stories. The reason for this rule is so that readers do not need to have read all of the preceding pieces to read and enjoy posted work. Each piece must stand on its own.
  • We require images to be non-copyrighted (e.g. from sites like Pixabay, Pexels or Unsplash) and for your story to have a linked source.
  • 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.

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Community and Creativity

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Here are a few odds and ends about community and creativity.

  1. Community involvement
    No community is a true community without involvement and engagement! The good news is that it doesn't take much to be a part of it. We only 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.
  2. 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 - even how to find and fix your errors. We hope you take advantage of it.
  3. 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:

And there will likely be more to come!

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How to Optimize the Rewards on Your Posts in The Ink Well

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As you can see from the previous sections in this newsletter, we are all about creating a great community and supporting creativity! And with our curie proxy, we have the ability to regularly support and reward those who are working to develop the craft of writing.

With every story you publish in The Ink Well, you have the opportunity to make it a really nice piece that others will enjoy reading. And when you write with care and polish your content, you will see higher rewards, both from The Ink Well and from the community.

Here are some tips for earning great rewards:

  1. Make sure your story has the key elements of a story, including character development, scene setting, dialog, a conflict and a resolution. Write an enticing first line and a great ending.
  2. Take the time to carefully read through your story one more time before you post it. You will most likely find a missing word, a grammatical error, or a sentence that does not start with a capital letter.
  3. Either 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.

Taking these steps can make a big difference!

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Possible Mentor Program

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We are always looking for ways to support and inspire our community of writers. We have considered setting up a program to provide hands-on help to one or two eager writers each month who are actively trying to improve their skills in fiction writing.

This is just a fledgling idea at this point, but we are putting it out there to gauge interest. If this is something you would be interested in, please comment to let us know.

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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.

@jayna, @agmoore, and @gracielaacevedo

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 and @gracielaacevedo.

We also invite you to follow The Ink Well curation trail on the Hive blockchain, at 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 Hive Blockchain front end. If you wish to delegate to @theinkwell, you can do this from the wallet section of

A big thank you to all of our delegators:
@jayna, @agmoore, @gracielaacevedo, @johneyreacko, @zeurich, @generikat, @barge, @marlyncabrera, @stormcharmer @iamraincrystal, @preparedwombat, @marcybetancourt, @lacrucita, @adncabrera, @vision-of-esca, @josemalavem, @morey-lezama, @sayury, @rypo01, @evagavilan2 and @bertrayo.

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