Posts Tagged ‘Advice’

FREE SEX and other Attention-Getting Words
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[Posted on: 30 April 2012]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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When I was at Conde Nast, my colleagues and I periodically talked about how powerful the words “Free” and “Sex” were. Those were the two words that sold the most magazines, the two most frequently used words on the covers. However, they were never used together (which, quite frankly, would have drawn even more readers). […]

10 Tips for Staying On the Writing Beam
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One of the biggest challenges I have as a writer these days is just staying on the beam. For example, just now, rather than write that first sentence and move on to the next, I Googled ‘staying on the beam.’ I wanted to check—was it being used in this context by all sorts of writers […]

Taking a Look at Your Own Backyard
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[Posted on: 23 January 2012]
[Posted in: Enhance Your Writing, Getting Readers, Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts]
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Victorian towns with a touch of the Old West swaggering out the saloon doors. Stickball in a 19th century Native American village. Discovering over 500 varieties of soda. A wildlife refuge where Teddy Roosevelt once hunted with Comanche war chief Quanah Parker. Celebrating a centennial. Oil barons and their riches. Experiencing the sights and smells […]

Are You Cut Out to Be a Travel Writer?
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[Posted on: 2 January 2012]
[Posted in: Getting Started, Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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If you’re already an established travel writer, you’ve heard it dozens of times. “Oh what I would do to have your job!” Indeed, the life of a travel writer can be an enviable one, but at the same time, it’s not for everyone. Take a few minutes and answer the following 12 questions. Jot down […]

Changing Priorities: A Year-End Reflection
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[Posted on: 26 December 2011]
[Posted in: First Person Experience, Overcoming Obstacles, Year End Reflections]
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Last year at about this time I wrote a blog post about… …how I spend the last week of every year (as I have for many years) in quiet reflection on what I’ve accomplished during the year that’s just passed… …did I meet all of my goals? Some of them? Am I happy with how […]

Dos and Don’ts for Getting Invited on Press Trips
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[Posted on: 5 December 2011]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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You just noticed on Facebook that two colleagues are off to the Amalfi Coast on a press trip. Your heart sinks. Why weren’t you invited? Chances are you’re not on that invitation list for a reason. So what does one have to do to get on and stay on these lists? Here are some dos […]

10 Pros and Cons for Top 10 Lists
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[Posted on: 7 November 2011]
[Posted in: Getting Readers, Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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For my site, FarewellTravels, we just posted a piece about 10 great winter retreats. Putting it together got me thinking about the whole formula of using top ten lists in travel writing. Why are they so popular among bloggers and site editors? Are they really a smart choice when preparing content? I decided to weigh […]

Is It REALLY the Best Place on the Planet?
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[Posted on: 3 October 2011]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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  With the rush to get scoops on stories or simply to just write and post a piece before one heads out to the gym in the morning… …. we all know, editorial standards have taken a nose dive. Some of this I can live with occasionally. The word “there” inadvertently spelled “their” for example. […]

Top 7 Posts Worth Revisiting
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[Posted on: 12 September 2011]
[Posted in: Opportunities, Overcoming Obstacles, Tips & Tricks]
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Many of our readers are already familiar with TripBase’s 7 Links Project… …And many have already participated. For those of you who may not have heard of it, the idea is for nominated bloggers to offer their readers a roundup of links to previous posts, one in each of seven categories, as a way of […]

Going Someplace? Bring Money.
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[Posted on: 5 September 2011]
[Posted in: Guest Blog Posts, The Ambidextrous Travel Writer]
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About a year ago, I was on a press trip with three other journalists. Our driver did a yeoman’s job of taking us places to get great stories and really amazing photographs. He personally went out of his way many times for us, taking group pictures, working very long days, even lugging one writer’s camera […]



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