Next Noble Pen Meeting
October 10th, 2013 at 7 pm
1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
Welcome to Cassie, our newest attendee.
Because of continuing problems with the editor’s email service, this week we’ll try just sending an announcement with no other content when the newsletter has been posted to the web site.
Prolific and always well-researched author Tom Clancy died on Oct 1st.
Tyree incorporated all of the critiques he has received into Aoife’s Kiss.
Nick wrote up his train spotting observations for fellow railfans.
Aime is back with us.
Riley wrote on his piece to present to the group, and is preparing for NaNoWriMo.
Barbara is experimenting with differnt forms of writing.
Jed got expert advice for his story about police procedures.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an annual free event that encourages people to write 50,000 words of a novel in the month of November. They push “get an idea and start writing” with editing and polishing postponed until you have a lot of raw material to work with. See also the Education post here for August 8, 2013 for more thoughts on this philosophy.
There’s no shortage of people interested in writing the great American novel. Some years, 250,000 people start NaNoWriMo, and about 1 in 7 write 50,000 words. Yes, that’s 35,000 new novels in one month. With competition like that, you gotta be good to get anywhere. Keep improving.
You can’t revise it if you haven’t written it. ~Justin Cronin