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Issue #404: How to Ditch The Travel Writing Cliches
July 25, 2022
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How to Ditch The Travel Writing ClichesNothing screams “amateur” to an editor more than a story riddled with travel clichés. Hands up if you’ve ever used any of these phrases or words in your travel writing . . .
crystal clear seas
sparkling blue water
a quaint village
a kaleidoscope of colors
off the beaten track / path
Worn-out phrases like these read like they were lifted from a destination advertorial. And they’ll effectively block you from breaking out of that bottom-feeding “top ten” and “listicle” travel writing hell.
Using travel clichés is unoriginal. If you’re using them in your travel stories, you’re doing your freelance travel writing career a great disservice. And it reveals a lack of imagination to the travel writing world. You’ll prevent yourself from moving up into paying print media.
Read this post to understand what clichés are -- and some sound advice on how to avoid using clichés in your travel writing
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PitchTravelWrite.com Success Stories
Rey Waters: A Travel Writing Success StoryWith Travel Writing, My Life Cannot Get Any Better
“I enrolled in a travel writer’s course and published my first article in Travel Post Monthly. It was not long after, that I discovered Roy Stevenson’s travel writing books. His first book that I read was Get Published Now. It had a section that mentioned getting started in your own back yard.
At the time we were living in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. My wife and I walked a two-mile hiking trail around a lake every day for our exercise.
During these walks we met all types of very interesting people. I pitched a story idea to our local newspaper and I guess you can say the rest is history.”
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You need a marketing platform to stand out from the thousands of other travel writers and bloggers that have taken up the freelance game in the past few years.
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The detailed interviews get right down to the nitty gritty of travel writing. They tell the personal stories of these writer’s journeys and show how they’ve managed to get their stories published in the world’s most treasured travel publications.
Group Coaching Mastermind CommunityOur first Group Coaching Mastermind Community kicked off in October, 2020, and we’ve got a global group with members living in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Indonesia and the U.S. We're very excited about this group of writers and our new community! We added new members to our community in 2021 and they're getting to know the group and participate in writing activities.
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At Your Service
PitchTravelWrite.com, is our information-packed website for travel writers. This e-zine, a series of travel writing books and reference guides, coaching programs, and our workshops all work together to give you guidance in this field.
Our aim is to provide you with practical, nitty gritty information to help you gain entry into the travel writing realm and all the enjoyment that comes with it.
Awards and AccoladesWe're thrilled to announce that www.PitchTravelWrite.com is once again on The Write Life’s list of 100 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS!
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We're proud to announce that our travel writing website has made Writer’s Digest Magazine’s 2016, 2020, and 2021 101 BEST WEBSITES FOR WRITERS. Writer's Digest Magazine also lists us on their Best Genre/Niche Websites for 2021.
Writer's Digest doesn’t bestow these awards lightly. And we’re the only travel writing website on their lists!
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That's all for now. Until next week - just keep pitching! Roy
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