The Daily Port of Call: January 9, 2014


In today’s Daily Port of Call, we help you avoid very, share writing tips from Edgar Allan Poe, and get you moving again when you’re stuck.

Here’s what Mark Twain thought of the word very: “Substitute damn every time you're inclined to write very; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” Here are 45 ways to avoid it.

Among Poe’s suggestions, “When in doubt, bury someone alive.”

Is science writing up your alley? Uncover the science and art of the craft here.

Translate your story into a form that readers can relate to with the 2 pillars of structure.

16 tips to get you past your sticking point.

Here are 8 unstoppable rules for writing killer short stories.