The Noble Pen for October 9, 2014

Next Noble Pen Meeting

October 9th, 2014 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


The American Library Association recently celebrated Banned Books Week.  They have several lists.  Some of them are perhaps unsuited to the age group in elementary schools, but it is a slippery slope.  A commentator reminds us to be aware of the power of books.


Dylan found two beta readers for Sand and Ash, who both said it’s better than Sand and Blood.

Cassie worked every day this week on revisions to Dreams in Red and added 500 new words to a chapter.

Barbara and Rachel’s names appear on the cover of Disturbed Digest as the editors.

Riley came back after a long absence, fully prepared with critiques, and Victor found the group.


How do you create suspense and tension to keep the reader absorbed in your fiction? Here are five tips.  Stretching out the scene may increase suspense, if it is crafted so that the reader feels what the character does, and the action doesn’t appear to be slowing down.

Here is another list of suggestions for suspense, and a more detailed article (part 1) and (part 2).

“Suspense is achieved by information control.  What   you know.  What the reader knows.  What the characters know.  You balance that properly, and you can really get the reader wound up.” ~Alfred Hitchcock

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