How to write

Since I regularly get emails asking for tips and advice on writing, here is a link to writer Shoba Narayan’s great piece on how to write (yeah, yeah, linking is not the same as blogging – just call me lazy). Not to scare you but as she says, “No matter what kind of writer you…

Travel writing traps

Linear narratives, flat adjectives, too many superlatives – this piece on Matador talks about the common mistakes rookie travel writers make. But here is the thing – it is easy for seasoned writers to fall into these too. These, and the story (of the how-I-spent-my-summer-vacation essay type) supported entirely by cliche and adjectives, with adverbs…

So you want to be a travel writer

I keep getting asked for advice all the time on how to become a travel writer. Now, that is a question I cannot answer easily because I hesitate to call myself a travel writer. The likes of Bill Bryson and Pico Iyer?, they are travel writers; the rest of us write on travel, sometimes sponsored…