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Her 10 Terrific Travel Writing Tips



Practice and have fun...

Each publication will handle the query process in their own way. In general, magazines like to have clippings of any stories you may have published as well as the story angle you are proposing. Again, the easier it is for the editor, the more chances you have of getting a response. Editors need to have confidence in you and that needs to radiate off the page since it may be the first time they have heard from you.

Writing what you know makes you the expert. Your own backyard is interesting to someone, somewhere. And who better to write about Banff National Park than someone who lives and works there. Ditto, if you are are, for example, a weaver. Imagine the interesting article you could write about the wonderful woven goods in the markets of Guatemala.

Travelling free is sometimes possible if you are the writer chosen for a familiarization trip or if you are convincing enough to get the tourist authority to pay for your expenses in exchange for a story. Again, have your great angles ready. You will also be asked for clippings of your work. However, if you are both professional and organized in your approach, they may agree to help finance your trip without proof of publication. But beware, word travels fast if you take free trips and don't publish. Your free travel will end very abruptly if you don't follow through on your end of the bargain.

Like any skill, writing takes practice and dedication . Travelling as a writer is very different from travelling as a traveller. You must learn to record the sights, sounds and smells of a country. Your reader wants to feel like she is travelling alongside you.
  What really caught your eye in a bustling Vietnam market? Have you ever tried to describe the sound of the ever-present wind on a mountain top or to write about the wonderful aromas wafting from the kitchen in an out-of-the-way Italian trattoria?

Finally, organization is key to making money as a freelancer. Successful, full time freelancers have an extensive database of potential markets for their stories. Do your research, too. Start building a database of your own. Getting your story into multiple publications is the way to see a return on your travel investment. Happy writing!

She reads more about writing...

Here are several book titles dealing with the art of travel writing. Perhaps one of them will serve as the catalyst -- that extra push to help you put your Journeywoman experiences down on paper. You go, girls!

Teach Yourself Travel Writing by Cynthia Dial
How to Make a Living As a Travel Writer by Susan Farewell
Travel Writing by Louisa Peat O'Neil (Paperback)
The Travel Writer's Handbook by Louise Purwin Zobel (Paperback)
Travel Writer's Guide by Gordon Burgett (Paperback)
2003 Writer's Market by Katie Struckel Brogan (Editor), Robert Brewer (Editor) (Paperback)

Women's words on being a writer...

Everybody can write; writers can't do anything else.
(Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963)

Writing is the only thing that...when I'm doing it,
I don't feel that I should be doing something else, instead.
(Gloria Steinem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, 1983)

I write in the first person because I have always wanted to make my life more interesting than it is.
(Diane Wakoski, Trilogy, 1974)

The role of the writer is not to say what we can all say,
but what we are unable to say.
(Anais Nin, The Diary of Anais Nin, 1974)

Making a decision to write was a lot like
deciding to jump into a frozen lake.
(Maya Angelou, Black Women Writers, 1984)

If the thought of taking off all your clothes
in the middle of the Washington Mall during a school holiday makes you blush,
you haven't even begun to dream what it feels like to publish a book.
(Nancy Mairs, Voice Lessons, 1994)

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