The Daily Port of Call: November 13, 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 action and dialogue.

“Action should propel your story forward and have consequences for your characters.” Discover these tips for writing action scenes.

Learn these ten top tips for writing sex scenes.

How do you write awesome kiss scenes? Understand what the kiss means to your character.

Make your action scenes more than just a series of events.

Do you need help with action? Here are some tips for choreographing direct action scenes.

Get your characters talking! Here are the nuts and bolts of writing dialogue.

Discover these tips for writing stories with great dialogue.

This post shows how you can create energy in dialogue with summary.

Discover ways to make your dialogue work hard for you.

Check out this extensive collection of articles about and examples of great dialogue.

“To reach full effectiveness, conflict must be varied. Some of your scenes will require full-on red-zone confrontations, but others—depending on the featured characters and what is at stake for them—will be better served by the faintest undercurrent of tension.” Discover the four different types of conflict in dialogue.

Discover the dos and don’ts of dialogue tags.

Explore the use of adverbs in dialogue tags.