Posts Tagged ‘Borrell’

Ask TON: Finding International Stories

Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: I’d like to do more international travel as part of my work. I don’t really know how to begin finding stories in foreign countries, either in advance of travel or while I’m there. What are the best ways to […]

Lost and Found: How Great Nonfiction Writers Discover Great Ideas

In June 2010, Michael Finkel needed a new idea. The Bozeman-based author of True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa and writer for GQ, National Geographic, and Men’s Journal wasn’t satisfied with the stack of print-outs in the two-inch deep brownie pan on his desk. And none of the hundreds of ideas in a Word document […]

Ask TON: From Idea to Story

  Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: What questions do you ask yourself about a story that you’re considering pursuing? How do you decide whether it’s a good idea?

Brendan Borrell Jets to Bolivia for a Hot Story on Chili Peppers

For his first major feature, freelancer Brendan Borrell crisscrossed Bolivia for 2 ½ weeks in an old truck with notebook, recorder, and camera, waiting out roadblocks, going a long time between meals, and of course munching hot chili peppers. [What’s So Hot About Chili Peppers? appeared in Smithsonian in April 2009.] Here, Borrell tells TON […]

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