How to Start Writing for National Geographic. An Interview.

Traveling, eating, and writing around the globe? Somebody has got to do it. Here's how Jodi Ettenberg, of Legal Nomads, ate her way into National Geographic.
May 26, 2013

How to Start Writing for National Geographic. An Interview.

In 2008, Jodi Ettenberg left her job as a lawyer to travel the world.

Today at Legal Nomads, she explores the intersections of food, culture, and travel. She’s been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, and CNN Travel.

Peppered with her experiences of traveling, eating, and writing around the globe, in this interview Jodi explains how to organically build a cohesive narrative that can grow and change as you grow and change.

Dave asks Jodi about her relationship to writing, her process, and her book. Jodi reveals how writers can organically build a community rather than simply recruiting an audience. Inside are tips for improving your narrative skills, community building techniques, and writing skills.

The interview free to stream, so tune in to listen below!

Listen: From Lawyer to Traveling Foodie Writer

As You Listen…

  1. What is your current narrative? How has your narrative changed over the last five years? Year? Month? Week?
  2. What ways do you work on improving your writing? What other ways of improvement might you consider to develop as a writer?
  3. Brainstorm 3-5 strategies for using for your writing to create a community of readers, rather than an audience.

Listening Guide

0:15  –  Introducing Jodi Ettenberg
1:39  –  Jodi’s story of leaving law and becoming a traveler of the world
4:37  –  “Your narrative changes as you change.”
7:28  –  Jodi’s organic growth as a blogger and travel writer
11:53  –  Criticisms of the nomadic life and female solo travelers
14:43  –  Authentic writing that leads to connection
17:12  –  Having tough conversations online and in person
20:06  –  Jodi’s relationship to writing and how to improve your writing
32:53  –  Community over audience
47:00  –  On travel blogging and being misunderstood
51:20  –  Jodi looks forward and explains the importance of self-awareness for writers

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About the Author

Dave Ursillo is a professional life and career coach, multi-published author, writing teacher, and future mental health counselor. He has coached over 300 professional helpers since 2012, spoken and taught workshops on 4 continents, and turned more than two dozen writers into first-time authors. His words and work have been featured on Creative Live, Psychology Today, Forbes, INC, The Hindustan Times, and beyond.


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