The Daily Port of Call: May 5, 2014

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Photo by Alexander Lvov/

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find advice for generating ideas, how to make your rituals work for you, and that having children might actually help your writing.

Here is advice that works for any writer who wants to generate ideas. You must “separate your thinking into two stages: possibility thinking and practicality thinking.”

Gemma Hawdon shares the best way to deal with emotional conflict when writing.

Make your rituals work for you: “Your systems and rituals exist only to serve the outcome you’re trying to achieve. They are not an end, but a set of guide rails to help you channel energy toward your goals.”

“Imagine immensities. Pick yourself up from rejection and plow ahead. Don’t compromise. Start now. Start now, every single day.” Debbie Millman on what it takes to design a good life.

Having children might actually help your writing: “Children don't just deepen your habits, they can also change the very nature of your art.”

Write like a reader. Tips to help you communicate with readers in mind.