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Have You Got The Travel Bug?

June 10th, 2016

Jacqueline_Jeynes_200The weather has been wonderful recently and I managed to get away for a few days to glorious Wiltshire for some walking. At this time of year I’m sure many writers’ thoughts turn wistfully to travel journalism and how to break into the market. Sounds glamorous and glitzy, doesn’t it?  But a word of warning: until you’re established, and have a track record, hotels and airlines aren’t going to throw freebies at you.  So, it’s important that you make a name for yourself if you’re going to create a career in travel writing.  Here are some tips to get you on the way:

It’s not where you go, but what you uncover when you get there that’s important. Try to find an unexpected angle: what a resort or tourist destination is like out of season; the opening of a new venture, such as a theme park or perhaps you could tie in your article with a new TV series or film.  Never write about the routine – only the remarkable. Read the rest of this entry »




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Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2015

2015First, let me wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope it will be a healthy and prosperous one for you.

So… have you made any New Year’s resolutions? I’ve made one or two and this year I’m going to try my very best to stick to them. My trusty old ‘point and click’ camera is coming to the end of its working life and tomorrow I’m going out to buy a new one (my husband’s belated Christmas present to me – though he doesn’t know it yet!)  I’m planning to get something a bit more sophisticated and then settle down and really learn how to use it properly (that’s the resolution part) so that I can provide better photos with anything I write. I might even treat myself to a photographic course. Read the rest of this entry »




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Photography for Writers

April 25th, 2014

Photography for Writers by Simon Whaley - 72dpi

Writers should be photographers too. Not only can a camera help us capture images useful for research purposes, but we can also use those photos to sell our words.

My first camera was an Olympus Trip 35. It had one lens and all I had to do was point the lens at what I wanted to take, hold the camera steady, and press the shutter button. Then I had to manually wind on the film to the next frame. Yes, film! Remember that? Read the rest of this entry »




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