The Noble Pen for Oct 4, 2018

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Oct 4th, 2018 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


We will have people reading their Drabbles and discussing them this week.  We may have time for more than were signed up, so go ahead and try your hand at writing one.  See last week’s newsletter for more information about Drabbles.


Randy had a successful book release signing, as he sold 56 copies of the new book and 3 of the first one.  He also met several interesting people with connections to the true events he drew on for his story.

Ciuin wrote a little on Chessmaster.

Stacie and Bill wrote drabbles.

Aime woke at 3 a.m. and started writing a new version of a story she started long ago. She sold two ebooks on Amazon.


The ending of a story is the payoff, and the reader wants the payoff to be worth having read it all.

Larry Brooks talks about structuring the story for a killer ending.  Vicki Hinze discusses how to wrap it up.  Laura Miller explains what makes a great ending.  Here’s list of nine tips for an effective ending (hit escape to bypass the ad).  Jessica Soffer has her list of the 10 best book endings. with reasons why she chose them.

It’s important to get it right.  Hemingway wrote 39 endings to Farewell to Arms before deciding he had it right.

Nobody reads (a novel) to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it’s a let down, they won’t buy anymore. The first page sells that book.. The last page sells your next book. ~ Mickey Spillane

Upcoming Schedule

Oct 4
Jesse – discussion of pop culture and writing
Drabbles from Stacie, Jesse, Aime, and Rebecca, and maybe more?

Oct 11
Open slots

Oct 18
Open slots

Oct 25
Open slots

Nov 1
Open slots

Keep Writing,