The Daily Port of Call: January 14, 2014

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In today’s Daily Port of Call, you can beat procrastination, trick yourself into making progress, and get happy!

What is the difference between good writing and talented writing? Good writing is “largely the product of technique (and we know from H.P. Lovecraft that “no aspiring author should content himself with a mere acquisition of technical rules”),” and talented writing is, “a matter of linguistic and aesthetic sensitivity.”

Is procrastination getting in the way of your writing? Check this series for some interesting information and tips on getting around it.

This article is chock full of helpful writing tips and lessons learned.

You can trick yourself into making major writing progress. Here’s how.

Essential advice for beginning writers: “The only way to avoid ‘boring’ is to workshop your work in classes or writing groups that will give you honest feedback and help you target places that need help. Writers need to find readers they admire and trust, whose feedback they are willing to take. If they do, their writing will not be boring … at least not eventually, after lots of practice.”

Check out the 16 habits of exuberant human beings because we want you to write and be happy. Here’s a hint: Fall seven times, get up eight.