The Daily Port of Call: November 3, 2014

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

During the month of NaNoWriMo, the Captains of Writership will be participating in this great sprint to write a novel in thirty days. In lieu of the news and recent posts we usually share in the Daily Port of Call, we’ll be passing along links to some of our favorite articles and resources on a variety of topics. In our year-long, online writing program, we follow the steps of the writing journey from idea to publication. We’ll mirror that structure here, spending a week exploring each of Writership’s Anchors: Dreamtime, Writing the First Draft, Revision, and Publishing and Marketing.

This week we’ll be diving into Dreamtime with resources to help you get ready to write. We’re not going to sleep, but dreaming our stories alive. We create the treasure maps for our first draft by pondering and making decisions about the characters, setting, and problem.

In today’s Daily Port of Call, we’ll share resources to help you start the journey.

How do you know what kind of story to write? Heed this helpful advice: Write what you want to read.

Here are three things you need to know before you draft your story.

How do you enter a story? Setting, character, or plot?

You can engineer the reader’s emotional journey through your story.

Here are seven lessons learned from writing a novel in thirty days.

Lev Grossman shares how not to write your first novel. “I was trying to write about what I knew, which in itself probably wasn’t a bad idea, but I was mistaken about what that was. I thought that what I knew most about was myself, but I could not have been more wrong.”