The Noble Pen for April 21 2016

Next Noble Pen Meeting

April 21, 2016 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


The American Library Association updated its list of most challenged books.  Even the Bible makes the list.  Here’s a related discussion.


Cassie sold 18 books and made contacts with other writers at a book signing event in Cedar Falls.

Dylan got good feedback on a commission.


When you are writing early drafts of a story, it is easy to be too critical.  Don’t let your inner editor take control and stop your progress, perhaps even causing writer’s block.  Just write.  You can edit later.

Daphne Gray-Grant offers tips to deal with your inner editor.

One technique for dealing with the nagging feeling that something isn’t right, but freeing your mind to continue, is to type a reminder that this sentence/paragraph needs to be reworked and then go on.  Noelle Sterne uses the all-caps word FIX, but I prefer something that won’t accidentally occur in your actual text, such as four question marks.

Another tool is a deadline.  Tell yourself you have to finish this chapter before going to bed, no matter whether it is good or bad.  Ciuin’s nagging service could help.

If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word. ~Margaret Atwood

Write drunk, edit sober. ~ Hemingway

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