The Daily Port of Call: June 27, 2014

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Photo by Alexander Lvov/bigstockphoto.com

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find how regret can deepen your hero’s arc, thoughts on story beginnings, and useful and free writing podcasts.

Discover five surprising ways regret can deepen your hero’s arc.

Explore the art of the cliffhanger.

In medias res: One writing teacher shares his thoughts on story beginnings.

Useful and free! Check out these writing podcasts that cover everything from the craft to the business of writing.

Does your brain prefer an e-book?

“[A] blog is an animal that is always famished.” The New York Times will close down or merge almost half of its blogs.

Barnes & Noble will spin off its Nook business.