The Daily Port of Call: November 18, 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.

Here are tips for performing an explain-ectomy: Does your reader really need this?

Get to the bottom of a plot hole: Read one author’s approach to this challenge.

Here are three tips to pare down your prose.

Polish your manuscript: Use this checklist to make sure your characters are acting consistently.

Tackling your rewrite: “That first session, I sat down and purged what was in my head with no thoughts of where it was going. Those opening pages were probably the strongest of the entire manuscript.”

How can you get from the first draft to the second draft? “[T]he transition from raw material to story-worthy narrative is what’s going to keep you interested in coming back time and again in order to get the story told.”

Discover most of the stuff you need to know to edit your manuscript.