The Noble Pen for May 2, 2013

Next Noble Pen Meeting

May 2nd, 2013 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Wikipedia is moving American Women Novelists to a subcategory, leaving men as American Novelists, bringing charges of being sexist.


Tyree received a copy of the newly published steampunk anthology Gadgets that he contributed to.  He reports the convention in Nebraska was a good one.

Aimee got her old computer to work, and recovered all of her old writing files.


Adverbs have a bad reputation among writers.   Often (but not always) instead of using the adverb, there is a clearer or more forceful way to say the same thing that will improve the reader’s experience.  Be sure you have the best nouns, verbs, and adjectives you can find before resorting to adverbs.   Be sure any adverb you use adds something that isn’t already obvious.  Sometimes, after those considerations, they are the right word to use.  Here are some references and commentaries on adverbs:

A summary sheet was passed out at the April 26 meeting.

Basic explanation of adjectives and adverbs

A list of 3732 adverbs (just in case you didn’t think they were numerous)

Use Carefully

What’s so Bad about Adverbs?

Adverbs are the tool of the lazy writer.  When you catch an adverb, kill it. ~Mark Twain

The road to Hell is paved with adverbs. ~Stephen King

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