The Noble Pen for Aug 11, 2011

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Aug 11th, 2011  7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Welcome to Kate, who came to the last meeting and said she would be back again.

In order to keep the mailing list down to those who are really interested, I will be dropping anyone who has not been to a meeting recently and who does not reply to this week’s email saying they want to remain on the list.


Dylan has printed and bound copies of the current version of Flight, and is passing them out to beta readers.

Tyree returned from a round of conventions.  He has had two stories accepted, and he spent time talking endlessly about writing with a friend from England.

Shannon sent 35 query letters for his book Fangs for Nothing, and so far has received 11 form rejections and one that said it was good but not something they could market.  He also wrote 15,000 words on a new book and 7,000 on another.


A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.  ~Karl Kraus

Tyree mentioned that some people would say our group has been too harsh on viewpoint changes between characters in a third person story.  He places readability as the criterion over all rules of thumb for separating viewpoints.

It is common, however, to find advice that each character’s viewpoint must be in a separate scene, or even chapter.  This article:  has some good advice on multiple character viewpoints, even if you choose to relax their rules.

Upcoming Schedule

August 11 th

Kris (the final chapter of Oblivion)

August 18 th

Tyree ?

August 25 th

Open slots

Keep Writing,