The Daily Port of Call: August 5, 2014

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Photo by Alexander Lvov/

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find how to get from the first draft to the second, the pitfalls of the character who is too self-aware, and how to increase revenue streams by direct selling.

How can you get from the first draft to the second draft? “[T]he transition from raw material to story-worthy narrative is what’s going to keep you interested in coming back time and again in order to get the story told.”

Sow the seeds of later actions in the beginning: “an element introduced only as it's needed unmasks authorial intent, reveals itself as a device.”

Avoid the problems of the character who is too self-aware. “That sly pitfall puts tension at risk, limits believability (I’ll tell you how), and inhibits the ability to show rather than tell. Read to the end to get some tools that will help you find the very things that your character won’t know.”

Become a better writer with one simple step. Be specific.

Increase your revenue streams by direct selling your books you're your readers.

“When you’re blocked in the present moment, you start brooding over the past and obsessing over the future.” Find out why pushing ourselves makes us less productive.