The Noble Pen for May 19, 2016

Next Noble Pen Meeting

May 19, 2016 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Plagiarism isn’t confined to prose.  A recent scandal involves crossword puzzles.


Retiring co-founder of Barnes & Noble, Leonard Riggio reflects on changes in the book business.


Shannon edited a book for Dylan.

Cassie sold 14 books and made a lot of good contacts at the Clear Lake book bash.  She will participate in a “blog hop” where authors post to each other’s pages.  She will go to a signing event in Madison in August.

Dylan got his panel assignments for WisCon, including a reading.  He is signed up to help with DreamCon as part of ICON this fall.

Ciuin finished all school and paperwork to graduate.  She coached someone to improve their writing by expanding summary, removing passive, and better dialog.

Nick made progress on editing and sent a four-page train spotting report.

Barbara is editing her NaNoWriMo 2015 draft.


Your first draft will be bad.  Everyone’s is.  Trina St. Jean offers advice on how to move a messy draft toward being a good story, with emphasis on the structure.  Chuck Wendig, foul-mouthed as always, nevertheless offers good advice on procedure for rewriting.  Kristin Lamb zeroes on on troublesome wordings.

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