The Daily Port of Call: November 12, 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 dive into resources to help with the first draft. In today’s Daily Port of Call, we explore setting.

Discover the power of setting and take advantage of this powerful element of your stories.

Learn how to create a surefire, awesome setting and how to avoid the vanishing setting.

Read these two posts with tips to help you write active settings. First, use point of view to bring your settings to life.  Then, avoid jarring your reader: anchor your settings.

Use the news to efficiently evoke setting.

How do you describe the houses in your stories? “The behavior and the needs of the family shape not only the house but the description of the house as well.”

Use your setting to tell a better story.