narrative writing Archive

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:

Does a Travel Writer Need to Travel Alone?

I read a blog post recently that said, “If you’re a writer, there’s only one way to travel and that’s solo. Travel with a companion and you come complete with an invisible wall around

From the Editor’s Mouth: Michael Yessis of World Hum

Back in 2001, Michael Yessis created the culture and travel website WorldHum.com with Jim Benning.  Since then, more than two dozen stories they’ve featured on their site have been featured in the Best American