The Daily Port of Call: June 4, 2014

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Photo by Alexander Lvov/bigstockphoto.com

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find strategies for working in chaos, how to make life worse for your protagonist, and a checklist to make your characters jump off the page.

Steven Pressfield shares his strategies for working in chaos. The first is “work in the cracks.”

Discover the hidden power of layering the right desires in your story.

How do you make life more interesting (worse) for your protagonist in an organic manner?

Use this checklist from James Scott Bell to make your characters jump off the page.

Here are three suggestions for writing a great short story.

Problogger shares six things to do with your blog posts after you hit publish.

Here are ten lessons learned from a year of productivity experiments. “The three most effective tips are also the most boring.”