Are you a blogger wanting to write about travel?
Contributor, Ingrid Rickersey, gleaned these valuable tips from a workshop run by The West Australian Travel Editor Stephen Scourfield.
Top 10 Travel Writing Tips from Stephen Scourfield:
- Have contact with your writing every day in some form or another
- Always carry a notebook with you
- Characters and dialogue may be used in your travel pieces but sometimes the character of the place might be enough.
- In Australia you are allowed to photograph public places, but art work in a public place should be acknowledged
- Know the publications you are writing for, and what they publish, and the usual length / word count and POV – 1st or 3rd person
- Try writing as if not for publication – sometimes work can come out better if you think no-one is going to read it.
- Photos are extremely important with travel writing – be sure to include good quality photographs.
- Read your work aloud before you send your final copy.
- Make lists – add phrases you hear, take notice of signs and note the ordinary things – you will be surprised how extraordinary they are when you return home. (Ingrid wishes she had realised that snippet of information years ago!!)
- You can use your travel experiences to write fiction – you need a lot of facts and can research more to create works of fiction.
Happy writing and travelling.