The Noble Pen for June 6, 2013

Next Noble Pen Meeting

June 6th, 2013 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


One of our upcoming meeting dates falls on July 4.  How many think we should meet?

NPR has an interview with Stephen King.


Shannon re-edited his sequel and took out 10k words.  The ones that are left are really good words.

Tyree did a lot of writing at the convention he attended.  He finds (as do many people) that he edits better if he uses both the screen and paper, as he sees different aspects of the writing.

Ciuin thinks the scene we just reviewed is the last addition needed for Petty Theft.  She came up 0.03 grade points short of the honor roll, the same number for the third time in a row.


Is your plot too predictable?  There are only a limited number of plots in the world (although people disagree on how to subdivide them), so of course yours will resemble many others.  Noelle Sterne has some tips on keeping them from being too predictable.   Dorian Scott Cole has some suggestions to make yours more original.  Kara Lennox says to imagine many possible choices your character might make, pick an unlikely one, and make it seem reasonable.

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Once you become predictable, no one’s interested anymore. ~Chet Atkins

Upcoming Schedule

June 6th


June 13th

Open slot

June 20th

Tyree ?
Open slot

June 27th

Open slots

July 4th

Will we meet?

Keep Writing,