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The Noble Pen for Nov 21, 2019

Victories

Nick finished the Driver story.

Krista did planning for her book.

Dylan finished Raging Alone. He participated in panels at ICON. A reader gained through ICON read all the stories on Dylan’s web site in four days because he liked them so much.

Ryan got over writer’s block and is working on multiple projects.

Ciuin started writing on Citadel again.

Upcoming Schedule

Nov 21
Visitor talk
Aime
Troy
Shannon

Nov 28
Thanksgiving – no meeting

Dec 5
Nick (4700)
Krista
Ryan (short story)

Dec 12
Dylan
open slots

Dec 19
open slots

Dec 26
Day after Christmas – do we want to meet?

Keep Writing,
Bill

The Noble Pen for Nov 14, 2019

Education

Shannon recommends the new expanded edition of The Emotional Thesaurus.  It has entries with options to illustrate and describe your character’s emotions in 130 situations.

Victories

Ciuin finished a paper and is nearly done with the museum card edits.
Shanon’s reading at ICON had to be paused several times, waiting for the laughter to fade.

Upcoming Schedule

Nov 14
Shannon’s sentence discussion
Dylan 6k
Rachel 6k

Nov 21
Aime
Troy
Shannon

Nov 28
Thanksgiving – no meeting

Dec 5
Nick
Krista
open slot

Dec 12
open slots

Keep Writing,
Bill

The Noble Pen for Nov 7, 2019

Education

See older newsletters for many educational topics.

Victories

Ciuin finished Chessmaster. She had to rewrite the ending, but fixed Dropbox so she now has backups. She is writing the text for Vets Memorial gallery.

Krista found the group and is restarting her book.

Upcoming Schedule

Nov 7
Randy (also discuss a couple sentences)
Ciuin (double length)
Nick (short)

Nov 14
Dylan
Rachel
Open slot

Nov 21
Aime
Troy
Open slot

Nov 28
Thanksgiving – no meeting

Dec 5
open slots

Keep Writing,
Bill

The Noble Pen for Oct 31, 2019

Education

See older newsletters for many educational topics.

Victories

Aime wrote a new short story. Her web content writing is turning into regular work.

Shannon hit 40k words on his story. He found a new coffee shop to write at.

Ciuin turned in more school papers, but only got B’s.

Upcoming Schedule

Oct 31
Troy
Aime
Ciuin

Nov 7
Randy
Ciuin
Open slot

Nov 14
Nick
Dylan?
Rachel

Nov 21
open slots

Nov 28
Thanksgiving – no meeting

Dec 5
open slots

Keep Writing,
Bill

The Noble Pen for Oct 24, 2019

Education

See older newsletters for many educational topics.

Victories

Attendance is up.  In the past three meetings we’ve had 11, 7, and 10 people.

Dylan posted two short stories and got a community award for them. He broke writers block on Raging Alone.

Aime completed writing a web site.  She wrote a candidate summary for a voters’ guide.

Ryan made his first submission and survived the critique, and bought a printer.

Ciuin turned in two major school papers ON TIME.

Upcoming Schedule

Oct 24
Shannon
Ciuin
Ryan

Oct 31
Troy
Aime
Ciuin

Nov 7
Randy
open slots

Nov 14
Nick
Dylan?
open slots

Nov 21
open slots

Keep Writing,
Bill

The Noble Pen for Oct 17, 2019

Education

Thanks to Shannon for this item:
So, we have some new writers, and Rachel was asking about submitting short stories, I thought I’d throw out some general information. Not comprehensive, but somewhere to start.

First, there are a huge number of people out there trying to scam authors. There used to be a site called “Predators and Editors,” but they seem to be on hiatus. I did find this on the SFWA website. https://www.sfwa.org/other-resources/for-authors/writer-beware/

Also QueryTracker.net has publisher information and active forums. https://querytracker.net

As far as places to get your work published, I don’t know as much about that. However:

Googling “Short fiction markets” might find some answers. You might want to add the keyword pay or paying to that. Some only offer two copies of the magazine as payment.

There is a book called “Writer’s Market.” Before the internet, they were the best source to find places to submit. They come out with a new edition each year, and the common consensus is the book is worth reading in Barnes and Noble or the library, but not worth the price tag. (Though I see it now sells for $20. I think it used to be much higher.)

As far as how to submit, I like Robert J Sawyer’s Manuscript Checklist https://sfwriter.com/mschklst.htm and sample manuscript https://sfwriter.com/ms.pdf They are a little antiquated now; for instance, “Disposable Copy” isn’t really necessary anymore as most submissions are electronic and Times and Calibri are more expected than Courier typeface now, but it gets across what professionals expect. Some editors/agents do ask for very specific things to weed out those who aren’t serious, so it never hurts to check their website for guidelines. Usually they expect Word Docx format, as the industry kind of runs on Word, but some will take or even prefer PDFs.

Victories

Aime got a website writing job. She posted a review of a movie.

Upcoming Schedule

Oct 17
Aime
Troy
Ryan

Oct 24
open slots

Oct 31
open slots

Nov 7
open slots

Nov 14
Nick
open slots

Keep Writing,
Bill

The Noble Pen for Oct 10, 2019

Education

See older newsletters for many educational topics.

Victories

Ciuin got an A on another school paper.
Rachel plotted a new story.
Troy made his first submission and survived the critique.
Shannon submitted his piece for the workshop at the November Iowa ICON science fiction convention.

Upcoming Schedule

Oct 10
Shannon
Aime
Rachel

Oct 17
open slots

Oct 24
open slots

Oct 31
open slots

Nov 7
open slots

Keep Writing,
Bill

The Noble Pen for Oct 3, 2019

Last night, only Troy and I had shown up by 7:15, so I decided to call off the meeting. As we had an open slot next week, I gave that one to Troy, and I’ll put my piece up on the 10th.

See what happens when you go on vacation, Bill?

Upcoming Schedule

Oct 3
Aime
Dylan
Troy

Oct 10
Shannon
open slots

Oct 17
open slots

Oct 24
open slots

Keep Writing,
Shannon

The Noble Pen for Sept 26, 2019

“You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.” – Dr. Seuss

Education

I discussed this method for analyzing pacing of pieces you like in order to build a new outline: https://www.udemy.com/course/reverse-engineer-riveting-fiction-write-best-selling-books/

We talked about the “Save the Cat” method for developing outlines.
https://www.savethecat.com/

Victories

Ciuin got the lowest score she’s ever received on a grad school paper, which was coincidentally the highest score Shannon had ever received on any paper.

Dylan is going to lead a writing group and ICON this year.
https://iowa-icon.com/
Nov 1st through 3rd

News

In addition to ICON mentioned above, there will be a Book Bums Writers Workshop in West Liberty on November 9th.
https://www.wlpl.org/bookbums2019

Upcoming Schedule

Sep 26
Ciuin
Shannon
Troy

Oct 3
Aime
Dylan
open slots

Oct 10
open slots

Oct 17
open slots

Oct 24
open slots

Keep Writing,
Shannon

The Noble Pen for Sept 19, 2019

Education

See older newsletters for many educational topics.

Victories

Ciuin finished three school papers.

Aime submitted re-election papers.

Randy participated in I.O.W.A but it had low traffic.

Shannon had his most productive writing day in a long time.

Troy found the group.

Upcoming Schedule

Sep 19
Shannon
Dylan
Rachel

Sep 26
Ciuin
open slots

Oct 3
Aime
open slots

Oct 10
open slots

Oct 17
open slots

Keep Writing,
Bill