Next Noble Pen Meeting
May 24th, 2012 7 pm
Scott’s Family Restaurant
1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
Countering all the publicity about what we can do with electronic communications, a new book called iDisorder explores what our electronic devices are doing to us.
Publisher’s Weekly is another source of current news in the world of books.
Tyree finished and submitted a steampunk story that has been on his list to do for a year.
Lynda sold a story that we reviewed a while back to Grain Magazine, the Journal of Eclectic Writing, and will get paid very well at publication.
Dylan got fan mail for his serial story.
Nick finished Part I of a science fiction story.
Some authors find help in writer’s software with more power than a word processor. Here’s a comparison chart including PowerWriter, WriteItNow, Writer’s DreamKit, Writer’s Cafe, and others.
These programs, costing $30 to $130 (list price), integrate the functions of outlining or storyboarding, note taking, character sheets, and writing to a much greater degree than word processors like MS Word and WordPerfect. Some go beyond spelling and thesaurus to offer a full dictionary and even name lists from which to choose characters. They still do not write the story for you, nor give a reader’s critique.
“A computer, I am told, … will help you write faster, easier, and more… I have already left behind too much evidence that, writing with a pencil, I have written too fast, too easily, and too much. I would like to be a better writer, and for that I need help from other humans, not a machine.” ~Wendell Berry
“Come to think of it, there are already a million monkeys on a million typewriters, and the Internet is nothing like Shakespeare.” ~(modified from) Blair Houghton