So You Want To Be A Travel Writer . . .

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


I was sitting in my regular bedroom at my computer in my quaint, charming, rustic hometown of Brooklyn, New York, with my dog, Wilson, at my feet when I came across David Farley’s article on how to avoid writing bad travel articles.

Some of his more useful tips include not immediately interjecting you and your companion (like your dog) into your opening, avoiding clichés to describe a locale, and drifting around without coming up with some sort of angle to anchor your story.

And like any good writer knows, immerse yourself in the works of talented authors and helpful “how-to books”; for travel writing David recommends Don George’s, for general travel writing, I’d recommend Rolf Potts, Anthony Bourdain, and David Foster Wallace.

As soon as I finished reading his piece, I couldn’t help but think to myself how much I looked forward to returning and reading it once again.

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