A few months ago, in So You Want To Be A Travel Writer, I shared my experience taking a 1-day short course on travel writing through my county's adult education program. Afterwords, I was psyched to take our instructor up on some one-on-one tutoring at $25 an assignment.
I knocked out the first assignment by the deadline, received my edits back, and went as far as touring the American Indian museum which was my second assignment. Then I hit a brick wall in terms of motivation. It was shot, like a gangster who crossed Tony Soprano. I let my instructor know he shouldn't hold his breath. I felt quite guilty about it.
I've taken a few tips away from the experience though, and am confident I can write as well as some of the authors whose articles have recently graced the front page of The Washington Post travel section (discussing such topics as CouchSurfing and ‘Round the World travel). Alas, I currently dedicate much of my free time to writing for this blog, and it makes me happy, so I'm sticking with it.
The world at large will have to wait a little longer to be lit on fire by my wordsmithing on travel topics!