The Daily Port of Call: June 2, 2014

 Photo by Alexander Lvov/bigstockphoto.com

Photo by Alexander Lvov/bigstockphoto.com

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll discover how to find new readers, how writing two novels at one time can help you write both, and how substantive editing can make or break your novel.

How do you find new readers? Empathy figures prominently.

One writer makes a promise to herself: Post every day in June: “If I am the only one waiting for my writing, I am the only one that knows when I let something else step ahead.”

Substantive editing: Are you missing this important step in revising your novel?

Settle in with this inspiring interview of filmmaker Barbara Rick: “In a way meditation is listening, and listening is the key to life and writing. As a writer you want to notice everything, and that means being empty and available.”

“One of the ways we can grow as writers is to experiment, to try things.” One author started writing another novel to help him with his current novel.

Need some background noise while you write? Here are five options to try.

Here are ten highbrow summer reads and what they say about the reader.