It had long been a dream of mine to combine my passion for travel with my love of writing. Having been fortunate to now be realizing that dream here are 5 travel writing tips to help you get started.
1. Have an ANGLE. What will differentiate you from all the other travel writers out there? I look for the QUIRKY in all I write about.
2. Use your own PHOTOS to give a visual image to support your writing. Mine are taken on a digital SLR – and some by my friends and professional photographers
3. Find your VOICE – one that is appropriate for you, your audience and what you are writing about. I imagine a good friend who wants to know about my latest exploits, gets bored easily and needs a bit of variety.
4. Use vocabulary suitable for those who might read your article. I adapt my language slightly depending on who askes me to write.
5. Understand HOW you write. Do you need to have peace & quiet? Do you prefer music or silence? I need to do two or three things at once and procrastinate until the last minute!
The main thing I have learnt is that you have to ENJOY it – otherwise there are undoubtedly loads of other things you could be doing with your time! If you have your own travel writing tips please share them here.
â€œGreat travel writing consists of equal parts curiosity, vulnerability and vocabulary. The finest travel writing describes what’s going on when nobody’s looking.â€ Tom Miller
Well done Zoe – great article. Excellent advice to writers.
great job, zoe! we’re so happy to have you as our quirky traveller editor on //www.WanderingEducators.com. LOVED that article!
Super article Zoe
Your comment much appreciated Wendy – your encouragement helped me to get this far! lookking forward to seeing you up here in Cumbria in the not too distant future!
Being linked to a great travel business like yours is a huge motivation for me. And maybe we can tempt you over here one day!
From a writer of your expertise Jackie that comment is especially appreciated. Thank you.
Time moves on and I am gradually building up a portfolio of writing and articles on my own blog, travel websites, magazines, newspapers and journals. This has all come from following my passion and getting the help and support of a great many people. One of the most inspiring people is Dr Jessie Voights, founder of http://www.wanderingeducators.com who first asked me to write for her. Big thanks Jessie – you are a star!
Always grateful for more hints to share with writers from all walks of life 🙂