I’m thrilled to be a judge for the Superbreak Travel Writers competition 2014, I love reading anything I can get my hands on related to travel so I cant wait to read all the entries. I’m looking forward to being inspired!
Here’s 10 Travel Writing Tips to help your create the perfect piece, for more details on the competition and how to enter click here.
- ‘Set the scene’: This is the one tip I’ve been given which has stuck in my head. It’s easy to forget when you’re writing that other people weren’t actually there to witness the almost pure black storm clouds, the completely cuboid shape of the rocks which looked as if someone had cut them by machine, or the ridiculously humid sticky heat that made you feel like you were trapped in a sauna. It might sound corny but setting the scene makes people feel as if they are part of the story as opposed to just reading it!
- ‘Choose a style’: Your writing style and tone can be anything from very informal first person (yup that’s me!) to word perfect fit-for-a-king style writing. Go with whatever suits you, but make sure you keep the same style throughout each piece or project to really give your writing an identity.
- ‘Title’: Your title is almost as important as the rest of your piece, if your title isn’t perfect you’ve lost half your audience before you’ve even started.
- ‘Follow the story’: Try not to jump back and forth between different times and/or places – you don’t have to write everything in exact chronological order but make sure it flows.
- ‘Read’: One of the best ways to become a better writer is to read everything on your topic you can get your hands on, subconsciously you pick up so many ideas and tips!
- ‘Be unique’: There is so much content available online, it’s hard to write anything truly unique but try to make your piece as specific and individual as possible. There are a million posts about travelling in Paris, but a single mum’s weekend off trying to find the best wine bar in Paris, not so many!
- ‘Simplify’: Write simply, look at each sentence and make sure there are no unnecessary words, then look at each paragraph and make sure there aren’t any unnecessary sentences etc.
- ‘Read Aloud’: Use a reader programme (Word has one) to read your post out loud, this gives you the opportunity to find mistakes you often miss when reading back your own work, or get a close friend or family member (who you can trust to be honest!) to review your writing.
- ‘Adventure’: People want to read about something they don’t already know about, so the further afield you adventure the more people will be interested in what you have to say!
- ‘Enjoy Writing’: If you didn’t enjoy writing it, people probably won’t enjoy reading it and vice versa!