The Daily Port of Call! November 17, 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 share resources to help you edit your novel.

Substantive editing: Are you missing this important step in revising your novel?

Discover the hidden power of layering the right desires in your story.

Novel diagnostics: How to tell if your novel has terminal problems from the first ten pages.

Finding the balance in your revision: fix plot and character issues.

While revising, ask these three questions in every scene to make sure your story is going somewhere.

You can tell if your story is on track by writing a log-line.

Here’s a weird, but helpful, tip for cutting down your novel.

What is the best way to self-edit? “Fearlessly, and fast.”