Jim Thomason

About Me

Hello there! My name is Jim G. Thomason. I am a traveller who has spent the better part of his life on the road by discovering the various parts of the United States of America. The collective process of hiking, vagabonding, biking and so on has helped me take note of some of the most beautiful places in this country. As I started this journey soon after leaving college a year earlier in 2012, you can imagine the number of years I’ve spent on the road. So if my life seems to hit your list of adventures, then come on board because I’m sharing my vast knowledge to create a world full of explorers.

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Develop Your Own Writing Style, But Don’t Stress About It

Developing your own writing style and finding a voice that is unique to who you are and true to your values doesn’t happen overnight, trust me – I’ve been doing it for 15 years and it’s still “in process”.

The good news is, I’ve found, this process will happen without you even realizing it.

Knowing the tone to use, the way to structure your sentences, and what you want your content to reflect will be more spontaneous and less forced, and will eventually get to a point where writing will feel instinctive and of second nature.

The bad news? It will take a lot of time and effort on your part – but it’s the journey – not the destination, right!?

What Is a Writing Style & Why Is It Important?

A writing style embodies the voice of an author and reflects their particular way of communicating with words. Every writer, copywriter, novelist, and blogger has one. Accordingly, an author creates their writing style with the tone, voice, and personality they apply to their writing.

The level of formality, the sentence structure, and the general approach all play a part in distinguishing one author from the next. With that said, a good writer is aware of their writing style and can alter it according to the audience receiving their text, the circumstances, and the overall context in which their writing will be delivered.

A writing style is important because it gives the reader insight into who you are as a person. Writing can be a very intimate experience in which the author reveals a part of themselves to the public. In addition to that, it also represents a signature style that characterizes the author and helps their voice stand out from the rest.

5 Ways to Develop Your Own Writing Style

Whether you’re writing a book or an article, you need a writing style that is an accurate representation of yourself and what you stand for. Follow these guidelines to develop your own writing style.

Be authentic to who you are

When you’re writing, try to keep your focus on the point you aim to make, and say it in a way that is distinctive to you. Avoid using easy cliches because those only indicate a lack of creativity and they won’t make you stand out as a writer. Moreover, your choice of language should also be coherent with who you are but also the people you’re writing for.

Be present in your writing

Regardless of the narrative you’re developing, you want to immerse your readers in the story you’re telling. This cannot happen if you’re not present in your writing. So use an authentic tone and make your text captivating but also effective in conveying the small details of your story!

Use your life experiences

We all go through unique experiences that shape who we are as people. So tap into yours because they’re what can give you an authentic point of view on life. Incorporate these events into your writing process and allow them to inform your work.

Read other authors

Each writer has a tone and style that is unique to them and that they’ve developed over the course of their writing careers. Re-read some of your favorite authors with this in mind, or explore unfamiliar works. Focus on how they use words and construct sentences to detect patterns of writing styles.

Write often

All good writers strive to make writing a habit. The more they write, the more they’re in touch with their distinctive voices. One great way writers use to keep track of their writing skills is journaling. This daily writing ritual is a great exercise to make sure you’re writing daily all while honing your craft and developing your unique style.

Planning Ahead In Vagabonding

How I Plan Ahead Before Traveling

The free-wandering lifestyle of a vagabond adventurer is filled with spur-of-the-moment decisions, an incredible variety of places and people, and – most importantly – a healthy dose of planning.

That’s right:  planning.

While there is plenty of spontaneity baked into my journeys, I do find myself spending a large part of it actually planning the next adventure.

I mean, let’s be honest: sleeping on the street sucks – and as a general rule – the better planned the adventure, the better time I have.

a hitchhiker catches a car on the road

Tips On Traveling Cheap For A Vagabonder (Yes, Hitchhiking Is One Of Them)

Are you someone who enjoys traveling and immersing yourself in new cultures?  You might have what it takes to be a vagabonder.

While the carefree lifestyle a Vagabonder like me may seem out of reach, you don’t necessarily need to be rich to enjoy a life that allows you to have the freedom to travel. By understanding how to travel cheaply, you will be able to travel to various places without needing a huge bank account.

Below, we will be going over some of the top tips on traveling cheap I’ve learned over the 10+ years of traveling light…

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Best Hikes In The US: 5 Hidden Trails To Explore

Hiking can be an unforgettable experience and the United States happens to have a ton of hiking opportunities.  Many of these trails attract millions of tourists a year.

With a country as big as our, there’s bound to be some hidden trails that not many people know about.  Here’s a few that I’d like to share (just don’t mention it to anyone else :)…