The Daily Port of Call: May 21, 2014

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Photo by Alexander Lvov/bigstockphoto.com

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf, a tip to fix a sprawling plot, and an initiative to encourage diversity in children’s books.

JRR Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf will hit the shelves tomorrow after an almost ninety-year wait.

Find out what people are really saying when they say, “You can’t do it.”

Discover this tip to help writers fix an incoherent and sprawling plot.

Here are suggestions for making your title competitive.

A new initiative encourages diversity in books for children

Would you try reading cell phone novels?

Read this interview with Colum McCann, One Story’s 2014 Mentor of the Year.