The Noble Pen for Jun 1, 2017

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Jun 1st, 2017 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


NPR welcomes your input to a reader poll about comics and graphic novels.


Randy had a very successful book release party and sold 56 books.  He has two Amazon reviews, both five-star.  He was invited to participate in an author panel in the fall.

Dylan met his writing quota for Patreon subscribers.  He is nearly finished serializing S&Bone.  He finished a commission with less overage of words than usual.


We often see the beginning of this quote as symbolic of bad style.  For more discussion of the line, see the Wikipedia entry.  The author may not deserve the reputation, as he was prolific and popular in his day.

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.” — Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Paul Clifford (1830)

An annual contest for bad writing examples has a June 30 deadline, and you too could enter.  Check out some of the prior contest winners.  Some seem more intentionally amusing than just bad.

The test of any good fiction is that you should care something for the characters; the good to succeed, the bad to fail. The trouble with most fiction is that you want them all to land in hell, together, as quickly as possible. ~Mark Twain

People do not deserve to have good writing, they are so pleased with bad.~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor. ~Edgar Rice Burroughs

He was such a bad writer, they revoked his poetic license. ~Milton Berle

Upcoming Schedule

Jun 1

Jun 8
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Jun 15
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Jun 22
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Jun 29
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