The Daily Port of Call: January 30, 2014

Photo credit: Alexander Lvov/

Photo credit: Alexander Lvov/

In today’s Daily Port of Call, explore the four basic rules of reader-based writing, how to feed your mind, and literary cartography.

Who are you writing for? Here are four basic rules for reader-based writing

The Oxford English Dictionary Editor talks with the New York Times about his vision for the future of the dictionary.

Heed this helpful advice from Lewis Carroll: “[I]t is one’s duty no less than one’s interest to ‘read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest’ the good books that fall in your way.”

Among the 7 things learned so far by A.B. Westrick is this gem: “Sensory details beat writer’s block.”

Explore literary cartography, “not only the literal maps that authors commission or make themselves but also the geographies they describe.”

Have a look at the different forms of life and family writing.