As travel writers, we put words together to paint pictures of the destinations we visit. Writing about a place we love seems like such an easy thing to do. As you know, there’s much more to your travel writing craft.
There are things behind the scenes that your reader doesn’t know about:
All of this -- and more -- is part of writing.
There’s also a lot to learn about controlling your time, and freeing yourself from mundane tasks so you can spend more time on the things you love to do – travel and writing.
This page includes articles that focus on a variety of aspects of your travel writing craft. For example, how you can improve your writing and increase your productivity – and get those articles out to the editors.
Your travel stories need to be interesting. Part of the travel writing craft includes creating a sense of place and ambiance in your articles so the readers feel like they're there.
Your writing style also has an effect on engaging your reader. You'll need to constantly improving your style and perhaps change styles for different publications.
There is one way to pull your reader into your story -- with your introductory paragraph of lede. And you want to keep your reader involved. One way to do this is to ensure you're not using cliches in your article.
There are many ways to improve your travel writing craft. The articles in this section all focus of aspects of doing exactly that.
Every travel writer needs feedback on their writing. Here's a article about how to get useful feedback without joining a travel writers group or taking a class.
Have you ever wondered how to make more money in your travel writing craft? Here's an article with six ways to earn more.
What are the secrets to success with travel writing? Here's an article about how to improve your game and be successful.
Beginning travel writers make a lot of mistakes. Are you jeopardizing your success? Read the first article in this section to find out.
Do you need to get plugged into the travel writing industry? Read the article about Newsletters.
Have you ever used readability statistics to improve your writing? It's a secret that will change the way your proofread all your articles -- before sending them off to editors.
There's lots of bad advice out there -- read the next few articles to make sure you're not falling into the trap of listening to the wrong advice -- or spending your time worrying about the wrong things.
The simplest, and most effective way to improve your travel writing is to simply sit down and write every day.
As humans we tend to procrastinate. We think we need to be inspired before we can sit down and write. But, inspiration shows up while we’re doing the work. Don't wait to get inspired.
As a travel writer you need to have goals. Do you know where you're heading?
Here's a series of articles aimed at improving your travel writing craft -- read them all!
If you don’t know where to find quality websites to help build your online portfolio, or you're looking for a fast list of websites to pitch your stories, I wrote an eBook, 125 Websites That Want to Publish Your Travel Stories.
The 125 websites listed in this eBook are all sites where I would be proud to see my articles published (and many where my articles are published!). More than 50 of these websites pay their writers!
Roy Stevenson is a professional travel writer and the author of www.PitchTravelWrite.com. Over the past ten years, he’s had more than 1000 articles published in 200 magazines, trade and specialty journals, in-flights, on-boards, blogs and websites and has traveled on assignment around the U.S. and to dozens of international destinations.