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Getting Out And About Again

September 5th, 2021

Now that (at least some) of the world is opening up again, I thought we’d take a look at what it takes to be a travel writer. I know that some of you out there (just like me) are itching to hop on a plane and go adventuring again. Or you’ve got notes on fascinating places in the UK that you’ve visiting during your ‘staycation’.

But I’m going to do it the easy way by directing you to a post by Rachel Newcombe on the Writing World site. The advice she gives is concise and sensible and there is a useful list of sites that you can visit for further information at the bottom of her piece.

If you are interested in this type of writing then you might also want to have a look at an article entitled 36 Travel Magazines and Websites that Pay Freelance Writers. The markets are predominantly American, with payment in dollars, but there may be opportunities for pieces about other parts of the world that are of interest to American readers. And 21 Magazines That Pay for Travel Writing is worth checking out. They mention Wanderlust magazine which has a useful page giving guidelines for writers who are interested in working with them. Read the rest of this entry »




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Writing in Circles

October 30th, 2020

I’d wanted to write for some years but it was only as the children got older and we moved up to the Midlands in 1999 that I felt I might have the time. A character in my head kept saying ‘Write my story!’ and I’d even begun to draft a novel for her, but I couldn’t get past chapter three. The thought of sharing my writing with a group of strangers, who no doubt had years of experience, was very intimidating so it took a degree of courage to go along to the local Writers’ Circle that I’d seen advertised in a free paper. The group turned out to be quite small, eight that day, with a range of ages and abilities. The speaker was a local historian who gave us a slide presentation about his work and a month later there was a manuscript evening where members read out a passage of work in progress and were given constructive feedback by the members. I didn’t feel up to sharing my story but several months later I took the plunge, and was pleased by the advice and encouragement I received. It gave me the confidence to carry on writing. Read the rest of this entry »




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