The Daily Port of Call: February 21, 2014

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Photo by Alexander Lvov/bigstockphoto.com

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find discussions of what books should be included in and excluded from the literary canon, how to trim unnecessary words, and snow writing.

Remember this article from Salon about what makes a book a classic? Flavorwire conducted its own investigation, asking critics, writers and publishing industry people which books should removed from and which should be included in the literary canon.

Here are tips for purging the fear that comes up during a writing project.

Does your story need a trim? Here are tips for rooting out unnecessary words.

Check out Beacon: A new writers’ platform sometimes called the “Netflix for journalism.”

New York author Shelley Jackson has been using snow to write a story.

Here are six tips for writing children’s picture books.