The Noble Pen for Dec 14, 2017

Next Noble Pen Meeting

December 14th, 2017 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


When you arrive for the Dec 14 meeting, expect to find our usual space full with an annual club party.  Look to your left as you enter and hope we have an adequate, if crowded, space.


Randy did rewrites.

Nick wrote train reports.


Subplots (wikipedia) can add interest to a story so that it doesn’t seem like an obvious straight line from the inciting incident to the conclusion.  Subplots need to be balanced against the main plot, as too many, or ones that don’t connect to the main story may just get in the way.  Subplots can help develop the characters, assist with backstory, and add just enough complexity to keep the ending a mystery.

Lee Masterson recommends using some subplots, and Kristin Bair O’Keefe gives seven specific things that subplots should do.  Here’s some good advice on choosing subplots.

I think books with weak or translucent plots can survive if the character being drawn along the path is rich, interesting and multifaceted. The opposite is not true.  ~Michael Connelly

There’s that old adage about how there’s only seven plots in the world and Shakespeare’s done them all before.  ~Terri Windling

Upcoming Schedule

December 14 (annual squeeze-in, due to large party in usual space)
Stacie S.

December 21

December 28
Stacie S.

January 4
Stacy H.
Open slot

January 11
Open slots

Keep Writing,