An editor at Outside magazine once told me that the secret to writing well boiled down to three simple things: details, quotes and pacing. Every story of mine I’ve written since has benefited from that insight. Of course, learning how to assemble your sentences into a coherent and engaging narrative is another challenge indeed, but making the right observations, capturing snappy dialog, and packing the pieces into beautifully constructed sentences: these are the building blocks that any story needs and will make you a dream for editors. But to get them, you need to do some research.
I’ll be teaching a travel writing workshop (that includes a few weeks of traveling around Argentina!) through World Nomads, and the application process is rapidly coming to a close. In the meantime, you can read about some of the basic building blocks you need to tell a good adventure story. Fortunately a lot of the concepts apply to almost any kind of story. You can read more about it on the World Nomads site by clicking here.
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The idea of being mentored by you set a lot of things in motion a few months ago. Not wining the scholarship actually encouraged me to keep improving and learning. Hopefully, we’ll cross paths some day. I was staying a few blocks away from the WNs team when you were in Buenos Aires. Funny coincidence 🙂