The Daily Port of Call: February 19, 2014

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Photo by Alexander Lvov/

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll discover how to deal with negative reviews of your work, how to stay motivated, and 40 weird word origins.

“Truthfully, however, if we’re writing for human consumption, we need to accept that some won’t like our writing, our style, our topic, our work. It’s a momentary sting to the soul for sure, but don’t let it de-rail you from your passion and prose.”  Here’s how to deal with negative reviews of your work.

Read this interview with Elisabeth Schmitz, the editor who bought Cold Mountain.

If you want to stay motivated, you must understand this: “[N]one of what you’re thinking matters until about 10 minutes into an actual writing session. Until then, your feelings will mostly be telling you that you still need to clean the house and call your mother and check Facebook.”

Become a successful writer despite what friends and family say.

From John Green, here are 40 weird word origins.

Here is a list of fiction writers who were also great teachers.