The Daily Port of Call: July 21, 2014

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find how to get started, 350 character traits, and plenty of new material.

“Begin your story with the strongest words you have”: Check out the five ways every story should begin.

And here are four things to avoid on the first page of your manuscript.

Find your character’s traits in this list of 350.

Discover five horror and dark fiction publishers that accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Learn how to mine your dreams for story gold.

Amazon introduced Kindle Unlimited, an e-book and audiobook subscription service.

The New Yorker alters its online strategy: All online articles will be free for three months.