The Noble Pen for Nov 19, 2015

Next Noble Pen Meeting

November 19th, 2015 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


A poem and a snippet of prose discovered on a paper stuck in an old book have been identified as being from Charlotte Bronte, and are being sold for $300,000.  How much is that per word?  If you get famous, your descendants will want you to have passed on every scrap of writing you have done.


Erin wrote her first blog entry.

Charlie started a story.

Robyn had a flash story accepted by a magazine.

Kelsey finished the draft of a short story.

Ciuin got a thank you and a fan mail from her City Revealed article.


Every story needs to keep the reader wondering what will come next — why else would they finish reading it? In some stories that will be just uncertainty of the outcome, and in others it will be nerve-tingling suspense.  This blog discusses how to get and hold the reader’s attention.

A series of events that are logical but not everyday, ordinary occurrences can make a plot interesting. Lee Masterson offers some advice on arranging your plot to hold the reader.

After you get the reader wondering, suspense can be heightened by giving more detail to slow down the events in a creepy scene.

Upcoming Schedule

Nov 19

Nov 26
Thanksgiving – no meeting

Dec 3

Dec 10
Aime W.

Dec 17
Open slots

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