The Daily Port of Call: April 16, 2014

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find, the power of myth in poetry, the importance of letting them see you sweat, and how the work of biographers is changing.

Discover how the power of myth lives on in poetry.

Create credible conflict in your scenes by having your characters play out the roles of victim, perpetrator, and rescuer.

Don’t underestimate the importance of letting them see you sweat: “Inside intel from the front lines is exactly what we turn to stories for, the grittier the better.”

Find out what can writers learn from the editing of films.

The work of biographers is changing in the digital age: “After centuries of shuffling papers, biographers must now deal with the sudden digitization of the self, and the behavioral changes that have followed.”

Discover memoir pitfalls and how to avoid them. “Instead of self-pity, then, self-curiosity. Instead of a string of excuses, the memoirist does her best to set aside defensiveness before entering the past and examining it anew.”