This is the first installment in our new weekly series, Featured Writer Friday, in which we interview one of our top-performing writers. We’re proud of the talented and hardworking folks who help us deliver outstanding content for our valued publishers.
So, we’d like to introduce them to you, and give them a chance to share their own insights from the creative side of our business. Enjoy!
Meet Chris Wallace
Chris has been with us from the start. In fact, he’s been with us since before we even had a platform here on Content BLVD! When we met Chris, we was living in Colombia, and is now working from Argentina, planning an around the world trip later this year.
Chris’ consistent production of interesting content is a thing to behold. Last week, for example, he set a new record by having 28 of his articles awarded for publication. We hope to have Chris’ help for a long time, even as he sets off for parts unknown…
How long have you been writing and what got you started?
Since I was a kid. Of course, elementary school “writing” mostly involves scrawling poorly spelled stories in block letters instead of doing your classwork. I didn’t think of it as anything other than a fun pastime until I was in my late teens and early 20s. At that point, I had no other choice than to devote myself to it fully.
Can you pin point anything from your daily life or experiences that helps to inform your writing and make you good at what you do?
I don’t know if I’m good or not. What I do know is that I would be at a huge deficit — as far as writing is concerned — without reading, devotion and travel. Not only do I believe those are the three most important facets to writing – I also believe they are the only three things that matter at all.
What do you consider your writing specialty? I’m routinely impressed by the variety of topics you’re able to turn out so consistently.
My experience has always been in storytelling, and that’s still where the reserves of passion are. But over the last few years I’ve learned my way around the blogosphere and content marketing. l think I can write on a variety of topics, but the ones I probably write best have something to do with travel or technology – even though I’m not a tech-savvy person at all. But as long as you’re a halfway decent researcher and can add a bit of style to a piece, there’s no reason not to dive right in on most topics.
How do you get your creative juices flowing? For lots of people, that’s the hardest part.
I can’t speak for anyone else, but the best advice I ever got regarding the process of writing is that the most important thing is to just sit down and do it every day. Now, that isn’t an appealing thought for most people – and I certainly hate those miserable moments of self doubt before actually sitting down and firing the engine – but at its core, that is what writing is.
I personally found that embracing the solitude and the uncertainty allows me to operate at the top – or at least near the top — of my potential. Also, to me, a writer who has problems actually being alone and doing the work seems as silly as a doctor who gets sick at the sight of blood.
I think all good writers feel doubt from time to time– that indicates there’s a standard in your mind that you hope to reach. So, what do you think makes a really good article?
When a piece reaches that higher plain where it is perfectly concise with no filler. When you can hear the author’s voice – even in a blog post or how-to article – on the page. Because while, at its core, content writing is a form of marketing, that’s no reason it can’t be admirable in its execution while possessing a healthy bit of style.
Thanks, Chris! We’re looking forward to more great work, and reading about your adventures around the world.
If you’d like to ask Chris a question, please do so in the comments. Chris is a very humble and private person, but he certainly knows his way around a keyboard, and would be happy to share more of his thoughts with you.