The Noble Pen for Sept 11, 2014

Next Noble Pen Meeting

September 11th, 2014 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Dylan’s Sand and Blood lasted 31 minutes for the Immerse or Die reviewer who rarely gets to his 40-minute reading goal.  Everything about it was praised except the minor editing issues that accumulated to annoy this very picky reviewer.

Barbara finished her review of Sand and Blood and posted it to several web sites.  It will also be in Tyre”s magazines.  She and Matt started reworking their joint novel.

Cassie has been writing every day of her week off, and got a lot of editing, research, and writing done.

Tyree has 2,000 words on his 3rd superhero story.

Ciuin worked hard on an essay for a class and was disappointed that everyone got back identical comments regardless of what they turned in.


Sometimes you may try to write and nothing happens.  Writer’s block.  Here are some tips for getting around it.  The key is to get around it, not through it.  Don’t just stare at the page or re-write the same sentence hoping it will get better.  Do something different, whether it is method, location, subject, or incentive.  Also, don’t demand that your output be perfect.  Just write something and know you can improve it later.  Charlie Jane Anders discusses several types of block and how to deal with them in an article that also has some cool pictures.

It’s hard to find words to describe writer’s block. ~unknown

Writer’s block – when your imaginary friends won’t talk to you. ~unknown

If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word. ~Margaret Atwood


A young man professed his desire become a great writer.  When asked to define “great” he said, “I want to write words the whole world will read, that people will react to on a truly emotional level, that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!” He now works for Microsoft, writing error messages.

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