The Daily Port of Call: July 16, 2014

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find, tips for performing an explain-ectomy, how to write a real page-turner, and the power of setting.

Here are tips for performing an explain-ectomy: Does your reader really need this?

Do you want to write a real page-turner? Check out these twenty-five ways to do just that.

Discover the power of setting and take advantage of this powerful element of your stories.

How do you describe the houses in your stories? “The behavior and the needs of the family shape not only the house but the description of the house as well.”

Here are three Twitter tips you might not know about.

Lorrie Moore describes the challenges of constructing a writing life: “I have always had to hold down a paying job of some sort and now I’m the mother of a small child as well, and the ability to make a literary life while teaching and parenting (to say nothing of housework) is sometimes beyond me.”