SELF DISCIPLINE IS A TRAVEL WRITER'S
MOST IMPORTANT TOOL
"The true profession of man is finding his way to himself."
As a travel writer, you need to be self-disciplined. The needs of the reader should come before the needs of the writer. You need to re-create the travel experience, while lending it relevance and perspective. New places and new faces should stimulate your perception, encouraging you to delve more deeply, observe more carefully, and focus more clearly.
While traveling, you need to be observant, conscious of small details, accurate in recording of details, prepared to undertake work to seek them out.
YOU NEED PLUS VALUE TO MAKE YOUR WORK STAND OUT
Plus value is a patina of excellence that makes editors and readers want to read more.
- Itís a universality that communicates clearly through familiar words.
- Itís a strong connection with a topic of current interest.
- Itís a personal background that lends depth to the experience.
- Itís a theme so true it can't fail to be recognized.
- Itís writing thatís written with firm conviction.
- Itís research so extensive it's impossible to discredit.
- Itís relevant information.
- Itís polished writing leading to effortless reading.
TO BE A SUCCESSFUL TRAVEL WRITER TODAY YOU MUST PRODUCE STORIES OF HIGHER QUALITY THAN THE EDITOR SPECIFIES OR THAN THE READER ANTICIPATES. You must be on the inside looking out.
GET TO KNOW YOUR READER
Today's readers are sophisticated.
- Get to know what they like.
- Get to know where they like to travel?
- Get to know how much money they make.
- Get to know what they do for a livingĖare their jobs stressful, people oriented?
Only when you truly know your readers can you communicate with them.
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