The Daily Port of Call: July 29, 2014

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Photo by Alexander Lvov/bigstockphoto.com

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find twenty-five tips for writing a winning short story, the secret weapon of every successful writer, and why even pantsers should do a little planning.

Here are twenty-five tips for writing a winning short story. “[D]ue to the rise in e-books and e-magazines, length is no longer an issue for publication, so there’s a growing market for short fiction.”

Your characters will evolve and grow if you let them: Don’t be limited by your first vision.

Discover the secret weapon of every successful writer.

Use minimalist writing to unpack your verbs. “The goal in unpacking strong verbs is to connect the reader with the character through their actions. First the character has to be involved in what they’re doing, then the reader can become involved.”

Even pantsers should do a little planning: “It’s fine to ‘let ‘er rip,’ but here’s a cautionary note: a writer must think his story through before putting a single word on the page.”

“It’s plain to see that our characters are more than just words on a page to us.” Here are the five relationships every writer has with her characters.