The Noble Pen for Oct 20, 2016

Next Noble Pen Meeting

October 20th, 2016 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Our attendance is picking up.  We had nine people giving critique at the last meeting and except for life events we might have had six more.  Our relaxed meeting style has worked well for an average attendance, but as we get more people, we will need to follow more closely our operating procedures as given in the Member Guide.  Please read it again so we are all aware of it.


Some may be interested in a talk on Tuesday Oct 18 at 7 pm at the Coe College library by an author of a book on the divided US at the beginning of World War II.


Iowa ICON science fiction and fantasy convention will occur in Cedar Rapids on October 28-30.


Ciuin was consulted by the author of a story that included gypsies, and she convinced them to not make the story ethnic.  A client of her Writing Fairy service has a book published.

Cassie got the proof copy of her next book that officially releases Nov 1.  She is offering a free ebook to the first fifty takers and they are almost gone.  She is hoping most of them give a review.


Characterization, either directly by description or indirectly by showing thoughts, words, and actions, is an important part of writing about people, real or fictional.  Characters need to be interesting, at least the main characters.  Paula Wynne discusses character quirks, habits, idiosyncrasies, etc. that may make characters distinctive and come to life for the reader.

Here’s an essay on why certain famous characters are memorable.

Just for fun, take this quiz to see which famous character you are most like.

Upcoming Schedule

Oct 20

Oct 27
Open slot

Nov 3
Open slot

Nov 10
Open slots

Nov 17
Open slots

Nov 24
Thanksgiving – no meeting

Keep Writing,