The Daily Port of Call: July 3, 2014

 Photo by Alexander Lvov/

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll learn how to infuse every moment with need, create suspenseful cliffhangers, and master the passage of time.

“How do we infuse every moment with unspoken awareness of the need that is pulling a character inexorably through the length of the story?” Donald Maass shows you the way.

Discover these tried and true methods for creating suspenseful cliffhangers.

Master the passage of time in novel scenes.

What makes a bilingual writer choose one language over another?

Here are some reasons you might want to use a pen name.

Tips for growing your email list: “The ‘experts’ say you’ve got to offer freebies, discounts, value-value-value, and other double-horned unicorns. In all this marketing hype and posturing, the fact that there are actual human beings on the other end of every email list is mostly lost.”