The Noble Pen for Oct 15, 2015

Next Noble Pen Meeting

October 15th, 2015 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


NOTICE – MEETING TIME: Because many members are interested in the book signing which starts at 6:30 on October 15th, we voted to start our meeting at 7:30 on that night only.


The book signing is held on Thursday Oct 15 at Barnes and Noble. Several well-known authors (scroll down) will participate.   It is in conjunction with the ICON science fiction and fantasy convention (schedule).  Own Dylan is in the book signing and on some panels.


The Marion Public Library is holding a writers’ event on October 24 with several authors discussing topics such as shaping your writing for an audience segment and publishing. It’s free and a $5 lunch is available. Advanced registration is needed to assure a seat.


Nick wrote 40,000 words of reports covering his railfan trip.

Benjamin found a client for his writing business.  He has read/listened to twelve books this week and written every day.

Ciuin is making progress at restructuring Stories of Paris and adding several characters.  She also wrote more on the ghost-hunter stories.

Barbara has her home office organized for writing and set a goal of 15,000 words by the end of October.

John signed up for an on-line writing course with U of Iowa and has been submitting homework pieces.


It’s hard getting something written well and then published – there are many mistakes you can make and even good manuscripts are often rejected.

Here’s a list of few mistakes concerning the overall approach.  Moira Allen offers an excellent list of ways to get a manuscript rejected.  Jefferson Smith tabulated and ranked the mistakes that broke his immersion in stories.  James Scott Bell lists elements of a story that may be lacking interest.  Here’s Susan Breen’s list.

Upcoming Schedule

Oct 15 (7:30 start)

Oct 22

Oct 29
Open slot

Nov 5
Open slot

Nov 12
Open slots

Keep Writing,