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Make money writing about your travels!

February 26th, 2010

First, thanks to Esther for last week’s blog.  I’ve got a sneaky feeling that she won’t be able to resist signing up for something new to study before too long!  Once you get the bug, it’s addictive.

Marrakech was everything I’d expected – fantastic Islamic architecture, atmospheric winding alleys, the beautiful Majorelle gardens and snake charmers in Djemaa el-Fna.  I didn’t mind them charming snakes but I did object to them slinging them round my husband’s neck and then insisting that I take a picture…for a fee, of course!  What I really wanted was a photo of the craggy local man with his flute and cobra, not one of my other half sporting an embarrassed grin and a thin, docile yellow snake instead of a scarf!

marrakech

I’m not sure I’d ever make it as a travel writer, but our student of the year, Cindy-Lou Dale certainly has.  I’ve just read her book ‘Secrets of a Professional Travel Writer’ and it really does what it says in the title.  There are plenty of useful tips and some invaluable information.  But what comes over most strongly is that you’ve got to have loads of self-confidence.  If you don’t ask, you don’t get and when someone does turn you down, you mustn’t take it personally.

Finally, this week, don’t forget to check out the winner of  February’s 21st Birthday Celebration Competition.   Congratulations to Su Hughes for her tender, evocative poem ‘Grandma Ruby’.  There were some terrific entries – it just goes to show what a polished poem you can produce in only 21 words! And while you’re at it, don’t forget that you’ve still time to enter this month’s headline-writing competition.

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