i am in college majoring in writing with hopes to be a travel or lifestyle writer. i love writing/reading about different cultures & countries. i definitely feel the need to put emotion into any kind of writing, especially travel writing. you have to make your readers feel inspired & tell them why you feel a certain place is so special, but at the same time you have to give facts here & there.
in my writing, i always need imagery. this helps carry out a poetic/artistic style. and another thing, it is helpful to keep a small journal that is lightweight. record random thoughts or the your purpose for writing a certain travel piece, even if you think you will never use those thoughts. this process really helps organize your theme.
it is nice to see someone who appreciates emotional travel writing. take care, jennifer
To me, the most interesting articles let the readers have their own feelings about that particular place instead of describing writer's feelings.
Yes, but if the readers are having feelings about the place they're reading about, and it's a place they've never been to, maybe even in a country or a continent they've never been to, then it's very likely that those feelings have been evoked by the writer, whether or not the reader is aware of it. That's what makes good writing. Bland, factual catalogues won't do that, unless the reader has been there in a past life.
I didn't want to start a new thread up so i thought i would post my thoughts up on this post, as it seems to be a good one on travel writing.
This is more a thought than a question or statement. I ride mountain bikes, alot. I have taken to sitting down either straight after a ride or in the evening, and writing about my ride especially, when i am on a mountain biking trip around Wales. My friends that i ride with think i am abit weird, but lately they have to love me because i have kept a record of everything we have done. I have a regular mini article in my writing that comes at the end, "Quote of the day!" this in it self brings out a whole new story that has not been added into my main writing.
With my upcoming trip that is just one week away, i have some pressure on how regular i should write, what kind of style to write it in, what to write it in and pictures. This is taking up as much brain power as planning my trip. I know the main advise i will get is just write for the love of writing and just let it flow, things like that. But this is important to me as i have a certain level that the people expect from me. ouch my mind is spinning with this. But still i can't wait for my first night on my trip, opening my note pad and re-living the day.
Just thought i would share.
When living in W.Africa I worked with people from LP and RG on there upcoming books. I have to say the whole process of being a guidebook writer was completely deflating. Not nearly as romantic as one likes to think. Unfortunately most of the main touristic places have been covered in those particular books. Now the writers just seem to update the prices to lodgings etc.
One funny story is that we got out the Bradt guide quite badly with one of their locations in a remote part. Well according to them it was one of the hardest places to reach. We got there in day with no problems. And found everything not to as written. It was brought up with them. And someone else got the job of updating their book. It just amazed me to see that the original writer so very obviously had never been to that location.
This is another problem with guidebook writing, in some off the beaten path places, it's easier to ask a local or telephone them and ask the prices, then scribble something down and get a stamp on the receipt.
The one thing about blogs I like is the real down to earth practicalities of traveling in a particular place. I remember trying really hard to get information on the Iran Pakistan border and found nothing anywhere except for one little blog out there that gave be a snippet or two of the information I needed. I then wrote up detailed events in my own blog to help others by just telling what I saw experienced.
I also think that's the biggest problem with the travel guide. I think it should have links to blogs that would prove to be of practical help. Border crossings. Remote area travel. That sort of thing. At the moment it looks like wikitravel but with better pictures. I think with the right tweaking it could explode with hits on practical info. It may not be a laugh a minute read, but for the travelers out there it might just be essential.
Personally I really like those true to life travel books like Shantaram, ok while not so non-fiction in reality it did give a get look into life in Bambay