The Noble Pen for Feb 23, 2017

Next Noble Pen Meeting

February 23rd, 2017 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


If you didn’t get the events listed in last week’s news put on your calendar, go back and do that.


Randy got his book back from his editor.

Dylan drafted a chapter of a commissioned story.


We’ve mentioned how some writers plan extensively and others write by the seat of their pants, although perhaps most are somewhere in between.  For those who want to improve their planning, this article on outlining may help.  Here is a page with downloadable links for several types of outlines as fillable PDF forms you can edit and print.  A seven-point story structure is a classic configuration that may help you shape the story.  Here’s  a collection of outlines used by successful authors.

But not everyone believes in detailed planning.


Jim C. Hines blogs about author income, with some extensive statistics (part1)(part 2).  The good news is there is lots of money to be made, so the mean income is attractive.  The bad news is that relatively few people reach the higher levels of success, so the median is at poverty level and explains why most writers have day jobs.

Upcoming Schedule

February 23
Stacie S.

March 2
Open slots

March 9
Open slots

March 16
Open slots

March 23
Open slots

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