The Noble Pen for Sept. 17, 2015

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Sept 17th, 2015 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Stephen King muses on whether a novelist can be too productive.  I doubt any of us have that problem, but it is interesting to ponder.  He discusses his writing in an interview.


Dylan’s reader accepted the commissioned piece with no changes.

Aaron is on pace to finish a novel in September, following the NaNoWriMo method.


Stories can be written in any of several points of view.  Third person talks about Joe, Nancy, he, and she, and is very commonly used.

Omniscient POV is a form of third-person where the narration has access to all information including characters’ thoughts and things they don’t know.  This is relatively uncommon in today’s fiction.

Another, that is popular in recent young adult stories, is first person, which is written as “I went there and did that.”  In this POV, the reader has full access to one character’s thoughts and experiences, but no one else’s.

Second person addresses the reader as “you.”  In fiction it is rather uncommon, and some people find it obnoxious.  It is natural for self-help and instruction books.

The most common today is probably close third-person, also known as deep third person, where the story is told by following one character at a time, including knowing their thoughts, while still using third-person sentence construction.

Once you start a scene, in most genres you are expected to have a scene break or new chapter when changing to a different character’s POV.  Frequent changes are known as “head hopping” and are discouraged, except they are more common in a romance genre.

Dylan is preparing a presentation on POV for us later.

Upcoming Schedule

Sept 17

Sept 24
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Oct 1
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Oct 8
Open slot

Oct 15
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