The Daily Port of Call: January 13, 2014

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In today’s Daily Port of Call you'll find seven keys to writing the perfect first line, how to meet your writing goals in 2014, and the 50 states reading challenge.

Ten ways to work with your fears and doubts to write with confidence.

Seven keys to the perfect first line of your novel.

Take heart, dear writers! Here are some famous authors who were initially turned down: George Orwell, Stephen King, and William Golding.

Want to meet your writing goals in 2014? Start here.

Are you up for a reading challenge? Give this a try: Read as many books as you can written by authors from different US states (as determined by place of birth).

Do you sometimes feel confused about when to use lay and lie? Grammar Cat will set you straight.