How to Become a Travel Writer in Five Steps

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1. Start with what you know. This could be your hometown, but it could also be a subject you know well. If you know a lot about wine or yoga or bikes – pitch a story on a new wine region or yoga retreat or bike tour. Real, demonstrable subject-matter experience means instant credibility.  And […]

Revising Smart – The Key to Better Writing


When I got my book deal, Tod Goldberg, the director of my MFA program, posted something about me on Facebook that I’m insanely proud of  – “Tiffany was never afraid to keep revising until her book was where it should be. Clearly, that is on the shelves at Barnes & Noble.” I think I want […]

How to Make Dreams Happen. Right Now. Even if You’re Scared.


Feel the fear and do it anyway. More than 25 years after Susan Jeffers released a bestselling book by that title, the go-get ‘em phrase remains a mantra for the world’s adventurous and successful. Hell, I never even read the book, but its title alone changed my life forever. When my college friends went backpacking […]

The Best Tools for Travel Writers


I can be convinced to part with my hair dryer, but there are a few things I won’t leave home without. Olloclip: I’m horribly lazy when it comes to toting around my camera, but I’m as attached to my iPhone as anyone. It’ll shoot a decent picture in a pinch, but 8 megapixels or not, […]

How to get a book deal? Be yourself.

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Writers face a lot of rejection. When being turned down by literary journals and literary agents and magazines and book publishers, my grad school friends and I would console ourselves by saying, “at least we’re not trying to make it as models.” Seriously. Can you imagine rejection letters that point out unshapely thighs or outsized […]

The Best Writing Tool Ever

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When I downloaded and started using the trial version of Scrivener, billed as a “complete writing studio,” I instantly had one really big question: How the F*** did I ever write my first novel without this? Just a couple of days after importing the rough, rough, rougher than rough draft of my second novel), my […]

The Best Writing Advice I Ever Got…


The best writing advice I ever got was actually about running. When I went from flying for a living to sitting in an editorial office all day, I quickly packed on a few pounds. I like my food and knew dieting wouldn’t work, so I absolutely needed to incorporate vigorous exercise into my long-term lifestyle.  […]