The Noble Pen for April 26, 2012

 

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Apr 26th, 2012 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

News

Welcome to Stacie, who found the group.

International mystery authors (such as Steig Larsson of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) seem to be currently popular in the US according to this article.

Victories

Dylan got another commission to write.  His older novel is now on Kindle.

Lynda is recovering from surgery after a hand injury and expects to be able to type next week.

Education

Dylan found this interesting list of 25 ways to make an unlikable character.  Not everyone will agree with all of them, but it’s a pretty good list of things to avoid when inventing your own protagonist.

At the April 19 meeting, we discussed run-on sentences and comma splices.  Wikipedia has a pretty good summary, and someone has some partly contrary views.

Caution – the following article is not for those who have a problem reading about vulgarity.  It is an etymological discussion of British and American vulgar terms, including some that are more offensive, or have different meanings, on one side of the ocean than the other.

Henry Miller had 11 commandments for writing.  Two of the best are:
- When you can’t create you can work.
- Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.

Upcoming Schedule

April 26th

Shannon
Dylan
Presentation: How to make ebooks (Dylan)

May 3rd

Tyree
Nick
Open slot

May 10th

Dylan
Open slots

May 17th

Shannon
Open slots

Keep Writing,

Bill