The Daily Port of Call: September 30, 2014

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

Photo by Alexander Lvov/

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find the basics of story structure, why genre matters, and why authors should be entrepreneurs.

Learn the basics of story structure from Aristotle: pity, fear, and catharsis.

No writing advice about characters’ emotions is perfect. Get to know the elements that alter readers’ expectations.

Learn how to kill your darlings.

“Genres are my “food moods.” Sometimes, I want the comfort of a keeper read, a funny romantic comedy. Sometimes, I want the caffeinated buzz of a twisty thriller.” Discover why genre matters.

“Don’t ask for permission.” Find out why authors should be entrepreneurs.

Check out the writing spaces of nine famous creatives.