Don’t Let Your Travel Writing Go Up in Smoke

12 January 2009 Post Author:
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Travel writers, do you struggle with writing your travel articles? If you do, stop struggling and get help! There are many courses you can take to strengthen your writing skills. We all could use a refresher course to make sure our writing skills are up-to-date.

It’s easy to get frustrated when you write an article and it does not get published. You put time and energy into it and are disappointed because you were not published. If you’re a newbie travel writer, you may be tempted to “throw in the towel” and say forget about it!

Most writers have had their share of trials and tribulations when it comes to writing. It can take some time before you find your voice and writing style. If you want to be a top-notch writer, learn to write in different tones and styles. Hint: this will make you more marketable.

Proofreading your work is necessary. This can be tricky if you’ve written a travel article and you read it 100 times! Ask someone else to proofread your work for you. Having a second or third set of eyes reviewing your work will take the pressure off of you.

Use proper grammar when you write. Remember, there are (our) some words that sound the same but are (our) spelled differently. Re-read each sentence to ensure you used the correct word.

Are your paragraphs choppy or do they flow? Keep your paragraphs short and the article length to approximately 400-700 words. If you go over 700 words, consider breaking up your article. This comes in handy if you would like to take a day off; you’ll have an article written and ready to post!

Writing Education and Resources

  1. WhiteSmoke. Receive Whitesmoke’s free trial and sleep easier at night knowing that your writing is grammatically correct and error free.
  2. AWAI. By now everyone knows AWAI is famous for their courses. Check out their travel writing course. It could help you reach the top in travel writing!
  3. Writer’s Weekly. This is a great source for writers. You’ll find articles on a variety of topics and there’s an area for “email courses.”

We all get frustrated with our writing, especially when writer’s block settles in for the day. Do not get discouraged. Walk away from your writing and come back to it 15-20 minutes later. It’s good to get up and stretch. Give your eyes and hands a break from staring at the computer screen and typing. Remember to periodically blink your eyes. Blinking your eyes can prevent your eyes from becoming dry. Of course, you could just use Visine to get the red out!

Keep writing and keep the faith!
Rebecca

Did you take a travel writing course? Which one was it? Did it improve your writing? Let us know.

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