writing well

Here’s How to Consistently Run a Mediocre Blog

Posted by on June 25, 2014 at 12:21 pm

If you read a lot of conventional wisdom articles about how to write successful blog posts, you’ll read a lot of advice that’s just plain wrong. Some people giving out this advice give it because it worked for them five years ago so they assume it’s still working now. Others are just parroting what they’re […]

11 Ways to Be a More Productive Writer (Who Makes Real $$)

Posted by on April 29, 2014 at 10:09 pm

I did a presentation at TBEX Toronto in 2013 with a range of slides on succeeding as a travel writer in the digital age. Some of them got a chuckle, some got frowns, but the one above got a collective gasp. A rather loud one. I knew it must have gotten some attention when people […]

6 Mechanical Mistakes Most Writers Make (and I’m sometimes guilty of #4)

Posted by on February 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I’m a freelance writer and blogger, but I’m also an editor. The kind of editor that pays people for quality travel stories they write, for a publication that wins awards year after year. So I see things from both sides of the desk more than most. That includes seeing common writing mistakes that are not […]

70 Nuggets of Advice From a Successful Blogger

Posted by on November 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm

We do lots of interviews with successful bloggers and writers on this travel writing blog, but the normal question/answer format doesn’t lend itself to very long, detailed “here’s what to do” nuts and bolts advice sections. Sometimes I’ll veer off and do one of those myself, like The 4 Stages of a Successful Blog or […]

Five Things Writers Should Stop Doing in the ’10s

Posted by on May 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Old habits die hard with writers. We get into routines without thinking. We keep doing what worked before even when it doesn’t now. We get sloppy when we’re rushed to hit a deadline. We do things the way we did when we started out, even though times have changed. We do what one particular instructor […]