The Daily Port of Call: April 9, 2014

 Photo by Alexander Lvov/bigstockphoto.com

Photo by Alexander Lvov/bigstockphoto.com

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find a poet and filmmaker promoting National Poetry Month, tips to create characters that are mechanically minded, and twenty-one things one writer wishes she’d known before she started writing.

Poet and filmmaker Walter Skold plans to visit and film more than eighty poets’ graves in eleven western states in the coming months to bring attention to National Poetry Month.

“The point of brevity isn’t to chop a certain kind of word, but to make sure that each word is essential.” Some thoughts on brevity.

Here are tips to create characters that are mechanically minded.

How to manage busy schedules to fit in what’s important and learn self-efficacy.

Here are twenty-one things one writer wishes she’d known before she started writing.

Discover the I am Subject project. “[S]haring our stories can help other women to develop a better understanding and appreciation of where they have come from, and to clearly define a more genuine path as they move forward—no matter what life stage they are experiencing.”