The Daily Port of Call: January 13, 2014

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll discover Flavorwire’s new Author Club, how to find your crutch words and phrases, and creative ways to show your character’s age.

Here are five lessons learned from writing a memoir.

Flavorwire announces its Author Club, in which it will profile several books by a single author and invite readers to read and comment. February’s pick is James Baldwin: “His legacy, his experience, and — most importantly — his work are all still incredibly relevant to this day, maybe more so than some of his contemporaries.”

Five habits that set great writers apart from the rest.

How to identify (so that you can eliminate) your crutch words and phrases.

Fictional felonies and storybook sleuths: Try your hand at this crime fiction quiz.

Here are creative ways to show your character’s age.