The Daily Port of Call: July 25, 2014

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find that writers are talking about money, how to write active settings, and twenty rules for writing detective stories.

Writers are talking about money, and it’s a good thing. “Sharing our publishing experiences with each other—with as much transparency as possible—helps us all make better decisions for the long term of our careers.”

Read these two posts with tips to help you write active settings. First, use point of view to bring your settings to life. Then avoid jarring your reader: anchor your settings.

“The detective story is a kind of intellectual game. It is more — it is a sporting event. And for the writing of detective stories there are very definite laws — unwritten, perhaps, but none the less binding; and every respectable and self-respecting concocter of literary mysteries lives up to them.” Learn twenty rules for writing detective stories.

Explore five writer goals to help you avoid overwhelm. “There aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish the mind-boggling amount of things we writers feel must get done in order to grow not just as writers but in order to establish our place in the publishing world.”

Check out this infographic with word counts of famous novels, poems, and plays.