- Pick four travel article leads. Identify if the lead has an implicit or explicit question or questions; and, if so, jot down what these questions are. Is there another kind of hook in the lead to lure you into the article? How well do these questions/hooks work in creating interest?
- Select one article with a lead you think can be improved, and rewrite it.
- Make up an imaginary destination and see how many possible components you can assemble in an outline. Try to jot down at least 25 subjects you’d cover.
This creative exercise came from the course Essentials of Travel Writing
Travel writing is about more than just destinations. Now you can write travel articles without setting foot on a plane or gas pedal. Through this workshop, you will write one 1,500-3,000 word article and a query letter that are ready to submit for potential publication.
You will learn:
- The basics of the travel field – markets, material, income potential, and competition.
- Article structure, and how to choose a good focus and a fresh angle.
- How outlining can help you build your article – beginning, middle and end.
- How to integrate interviews, research and photography to give your article credibility.
- How to submit your query and suggest possible side bars.