This module will introduce you to researching the travel writing market and outline what you will need in order to get started. You will also learn how to plan your itinerary, helping to eliminate the guesswork, and examine the possibility of freelancing versus being a staff writer.
The Technical Aspects
Knowing the basics is important! You will learn about prose structure and developing a unique writing style, how to avoid "purple prose" and tautology. The use of correct punctuation, spelling and dialogue are also discussed.
Putting it all Together
This module will show you how to write the travelogue and determine its style and subject matter. It will look at how to open paragraphs to capture the audience and hook the reader. Finally, it discusses important techniques on developing a focal point, and maintaining an interesting and entertaining article.
Structuring the Travelogue
Here you will learn how to use your imagination, provide contrasting examples and make historical references. Learn how to establish the body of your article and be selective about the angle taken. You will also discover the different approaches when writing for a city market, as opposed to writing for a rural readership. Lastly, this module delves into how to create a memorable ending and illustrate your article effectively.
The Total Package
The key to selling a good article is constructing a total package. Here you will discover the art of presentation and practical factors such as paper, page layout and mailing your work. We show you the importance of captions, maps, drawings and taking photographs, plus we provide information on the legal aspects of publishing and copyright.