The Daily Port of Call: August 4, 2014

 Photo by Alexander Lvov/

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find how to avoid boring opening lines, why you shouldn’t fear failure, and how to use keywords and categories to your advantage.

Avoid boring opening lines. “The opening line should be a puzzle piece that makes readers need to figure out the larger picture of which it’s a part.”

Ignore most of the advice you receive from your critique group, but join one anyway.

Don’t be afraid of failure. “[V]ery few mistakes in our life won’t come with a lesson we can take away for the future.”

Heed this helpful advice: Write what you want to read.

Make sure that readers can find your books on Amazon: Use keywords and categories to your advantage.

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