The Daily Port of Call: November 20, 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 some tips to help you take full advantage of Microsoft Word.

Check out these tips and tricks of conditionals.

Use minimalist writing to unpack your verbs. “The goal in unpacking strong verbs is to connect the reader with the character through their actions. First the character has to be involved in what they’re doing, then the reader can become involved.”

Learn how strong verbs improve your writing in at least three ways.

Discover the ultimate guide to beta readers.

Discover fifteen questions to ask your beta readers.

Run through this pre-proofing checklist before turning your manuscript over to an editor.

Which version of English should you choose?