The Daily Port of Call: June 13, 2014

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Photo by Alexander Lvov/

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find out what stories are really about, how Chuck Wendig writes, and Jeff Walker’s secrets to better writing.

Your story isn’t about the plot: “Point being: stories aren’t about the things that happen in them, that is, the plot; stories are about what those things force the protagonist to struggle with, and what they force her to overcome internally in the process.”

Chuck Wendig reveals how he writes.

Check out these eight strategies for creating great fiction.

In this interview, Jeff Walker shares his secrets to better writing.

How do publishers decide what books to turn into audiobooks?

Here are opportunities for writers in July and August.

Discover the chemistry behind the smell of books.

The importance of place: Would a sunnier Britain produce different literature?