The Noble Pen for May 23, 2013

Next Noble Pen Meeting

May 23rd, 2013 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Publishers had a good sales year, and ebooks accounted for 20% of sales.

The Justice Department is still putting together a case on ebook price fixing, with Apple taking much of the heat.


Dylan’s submission to Harper Voyager is one of 900 that passed the first round out of 4600 submitted.

Tyree’s doctor says he will probably live a while longer.  He didn’t promise long enough to see Nyx’s century, however.


A couple weeks ago we saw some articles about having a character change through the events of the plot.  There are many ways a character can change.  Nancy Kress discusses characters that do or do not change in personality, or in motivation.

Lillie Ammann talks about motivations a character might have.

Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.
~Les Brown

When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, ‘But what’s my motivation?, ‘ I say, ‘Your salary.’ ~Alfred Hitchcock

We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them. ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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