Next Noble Pen Meeting
Dec 20th, 2018 at 7 pm
1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
There will be an event with many authors at the Des Moines Valley West Mall next summer with a sign-up deadline coming soon. A very quick search didn’t find the info, but you may want to look up more on it.
Poll: If anyone in our group reads this, please send me an email. I often wonder whether enough read it to make it worth the time to prepare, as too many people at meetings have been surprised by things previously announced here.
Aime has edited half of Scourge. In her quest to read all of Vonnegut’s works, she finished the fourth book.
Ciuin got A’s on school papers, and will soon have most of a month break to use for writing.
At a recent meeting there was mention of “Save the Cat,” a series of manuals put out by Blake Snyder. The history is well-explained at wikipedia). One of the elements is something to endear the hero to the audience when they are first seen, and his title comes from the scene in Alien where Sigourney Weaver saves a cat.
A surprising number of stories fit well into the structure of The Hero’s Journey and they aren’t all epic fantasies. Vladimir Propp was one of the pioneers of the idea as applied to folk tales. Elizabeth Sims discusses the structure and how a Sherlock Holmes story fits it. Here’s another comparison using Star Wars and The Matrix.
The Hero’s Journey and Save The Cat are proven successful formulas, and you can see them in a great many novels and movies. But do you want your writing to be formulaic? Some people don’t find it so appealing.