The Noble Pen for Aug 7, 2014

Next Noble Pen Meeting

August 7th, 2014 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Welcome to Anthony who found the group, and Manuel who came back after several years.


Dylan submitted Sand and Blood to a super-critical reviewer, who reports how many minutes it took him to find three major things wrong with a story.   At Dylan’s work a high manager mentioned his book to a meeting of company VIPs.

Tyree has Bombay Sapphire 2 about 10% done, with 3,000 words added this week, in addition to his work on Wolf.

Barbara and Matt further developed a character in their novel.


Word repetition is a too-common, although not major, flaw in most people’s first drafts.  A little attention and substitutions can quickly make improvements.  This article offers some examples of rephrasing, as does this one.  

A search will find many tools to point out repetition, sucy as this one.

Do not fall into the trap of simply choosing the next word in a thesaurus, because synonyms all have nuances and you want the right shade of meaning.

If you re-read your work, you can find on re-reading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by re-reading and editing. ~William Safire

Upcoming Schedule

August 7

August 14
Ciuin (could take double)
Tyree (would cede)
Open slots

August 21
Open slots

August 28
Open slots

Keep Writing,