The Daily Port of Call: June 18, 2014

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Photo by Alexander Lvov/

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find how to write well no matter your genre, add variety to your manuscript, and fix plot and character issues.

Write well, no matter what your genre.

Add variety to your manuscript. “The classic way to find real variety is to imagine more widely and deeply, and to develop the strength and range of the language in which to express that imagining. But if that hasn't happened naturally it's often possible to work quite cold-bloodedly to bump-start your engine by pushing the car.”

Finding the balance in your revision: fix plot and character issues.

Discover the principles of improv and how you can apply them to writing.

Creating the title for your work can be tricky business.

Book your trip! NPR shares its summer reading recommendations for the road.