The Noble Pen for Feb 16, 2012

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Feb 16th, 2012 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


With review slots still open for Feb 23rd, this would be a good time for someone to come up with an educational exercise in place of one of the reviews. Let me know if you have ideas you would like to present, or a topic you would especially like someone else to present.


Shannon submitted Fangs for Nothing to Sam’s Dot publishing.

Dylan submitted an entry to a story contest.

Tyree found 2 or 3 year old poem he had done and submitted it to Mad Magazine.


A midpoint reversal or midpoint climax is often used to keep a story exciting.  It is an event that reverses the protagonist’s fortunes, or makes it impossible for him to turn back from his quest.  It may be the point where the clock he must beat starts ticking.   Here’s a discussion of midpoint reversal (if you want to read the entire series of articles use the dropdown menu in the gray bar).   Another article brings up the no-turning-back aspect.

“Come on, come on! And there’ll be no turning back! You were only killing time and it can kill you right back. Come on, come on! It’s time to burn up the fuse. You got nothing to do and even less to lose. ~ Jim Steinman

I better make the plot good. I wanted to make it grip people on the first page and have a big turning point in the middle, as there is, and construct the whole thing like a roller coaster ride. ~ Mark Haddon

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February 16th


February 23rd

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March 1st


March 8th

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