Next Noble Pen Meeting
December 18th, 2014 at 7 pm
Scott’s Family Restaurant
1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
The annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest will open soon. Here’s the 2014 FAQ. Winning, or even making it into the later rounds, is a huge achievement for an author.
Tyree finished writing Wolf, and has only minor tweaks left to do.
Ciuin wrote all night on a 3,000 word paper and visual presentation, but the instructor can’t open her file. She got an A- on a paper.
Aimee is getting a lot of writing done in idle moments.
Every story requires some world building. Even those stories that take place in our present day world, or its history, have to select where it is placed, who is involved, and which cultural aspects are significant to the story.
Writing SF/F or alternate history does free you to have different elements (wikipedia-worldbuilding), but David Hair lists thirteen basic principles that will usually apply in any world of people. Using most of those rules will make the story more believable to readers. Breaking one or more can make your story interesting.
Fiction Factor lists a bunch of resources for world builders.
Mark (hold-over from Dec 11)
Christmas – no meeting
New Year’s Day – no meeting