narrative writing Archive

5 Tricks That Will Make You a Better Travel Writer

Travel writing looks easy, especially to an outsider. You throw up some photos, talk about what you did in a place, and there’s your article, right? If one story is better than another, it

A Conversation About Real Travel Writing With Thomas Swick

Thomas Swick started out as a newspaper feature writer after living abroad and eventually became travel editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He’s now a freelancer. I met him at TBEX in Ft. Lauderdale

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

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

9 Ways to Really Piss Off an Editor

I’ve danced around this subject, hinted at it, and addressed the margins, but it’s time for a rant. The past month has set a record for writers I really like trying my patience and

A Conversation with Stephanie Elizondo Griest

This week, we feature the amazing Stephanie Elizondo Griest. Stephanie, an award-winning nonfiction writer, editor, and English professor, is the author of two memoirs, the powerful Around the Bloc and the poignant Mexican Enough: