A writer's guide to Travel writing
Travel writing is a great way to tell stories about; where you travelled to, what the journey was like to the departure area as well as many other aspects of the traveling you have experienced. whe travel writing you don't have to write about exotic holidays it could be about other trips you've been on, for example; a student heading off to university for the first time or even a trip to the theatre, the possibilities are endless. So to help you conjure up the perfect writing piece, here is a guide to help you begin. Sit beck, relax and start reliving your adventures.
When travel writing, you should consider different aspects of the writing journey to create a good quality piece. For example you should:
- Write in the first person, past tense, and make your story a personal account, mix it with facts, description and observation. This will help the reader visualise your journey.
- Write an irresistible first paragraph. You can start a travel article any way you like, as long as it grabs the reader’s attention. You can use drama, humour, dialogue, or if you wanted all three ! But those first sentences must grip like glue.
- Early on you need to get across your point of the story and trip to the reader - where you were, what were you doing there and why – make this clear within the first few paragraphs of your writing.
- Try to come up with a narrative thread that will run throughout the piece, linking the beginning and end; a point you are making. The piece should flow, but try not to tell the entire trip chronologically, cherry pick the best bits, anecdotes and descriptions, that will tell the story for you.
- Use vivid language. Travel articles are covered head to toe with meaningless words and phrases: stunning, incredible, pretty; ‘land of contrasts’, ‘bustling’. Any of these could be applied to thousands of destinations worldwide. Try to use language that is specific to what you’re describing, and which allows readers to paint a picture in their mind’s eye.
- Quotes from people you met along the way can really help bring the piece to life, give the locals a voice and make a point it would take longer to explain yourself. Quote people accurately and identify them, who are they, where did you meet them?
- However when writing a travel writing piece try to avoid cliches. Try to come up with original descriptions that mean something. Examples; Our pet hates include: "bustling markets", "azure/cobalt sea", "nestling among" , "hearty fare" , "a smorgasbord of...".
- Most of all HAVE FUN! Don't have the mental attitude that travel writing is a chore, think of it as if you're retelling one of your most exciting adventures just in a way that multiple people can read it, just without you having to repeat yourself a thousand times. Have fun when writing, create a journey of a lifetime through words.
An example of a Travel writing piece.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/725071/A-taste-of-the-best-travel-writing.html - this is a good website for examples of travel writing, you could gain a few more idea of how to structure your writing.
I hope this Guide to Travel Writing has helped you gain a better understanding of how to create a good quality piece!