Freewriting for Travel Writers

How to use a creative freewriting technique to improve your travel writing

Freewriting for Travel Writers

As a travel writer you can’t rest on your laurels - you need to craft your words to inspire, entertain, inform and educate your audience. It doesn’t matter whether your readers are planning a trip or are armchair travellers, you owe it to them to use freewriting take your travel writing from one-dimensional to engaging. Although freewriting is used extensively by fiction writers, it’s also an extremely useful tool for nonfiction writers. No matter what type of writer you are, sometimes you’re going to to struggle with how to start a new chapter of your book, or get in the right head-space to write your next blog article.

Benefits of Freewriting

Freewriting helps you brush away the lateral thinking cobwebs and forces your mind to rely more heavily on your creative side. Why I use free writing as a pre-writing technique: Writing travel guides and nonfiction books is a very analytical exercise. There’s lots of research and fact-checking to be done, and then there’s the structural organization of the content. All of these activities rely on lateral thinking. But your words also need to leap off the page to connect with your audience. In order to achieve this, you need to create content that evokes an emotional reaction in your reader. It is all too easy to get stuck in an educational or informational rut when writing nonfiction, but as soon as you tap into the inspirational side of a topic, you’re creating content that is no longer one-dimensional. I use free writing in a variety of different scenarios to achieve different end results, and this book explains the basics of free writing, and how you can use this popular writing technique to improve your travel writing.

Why read my book?

My book introduces you to the concept and approach for freewriting, so that you can put it into practice straight away. Learn when to use it and how to overcome the challenges travel writers face. I show how you can create your own travel writing prompts, but have also included a list of 100 travel writing prompts to inspire your next freewriting session. Just because you write nonfiction, doesn't mean you can't write creatively. So make today the day you invest in your writing career to improve your writing and increase your ability to reach more readers. When you use freewriting to tap into your creative side you'll be better equipped to submit your travel articles to travel industry big-hitters like Lonely Planet, DK Guides, Matador Network, and Rough Guides. Did you know that Lonely Planet has recently launched a new travel magazine? Freewrite your way into magazines, or in featured spots on travel websites. In this book I show you how to:

  • Power through writer’s block
  • Get out of a travel writing rut
  • Solve a writing problem
  • Leverage for productive procrastination
  • Overcome boredom
  • Use freewriting as a confidence booster
  • Create a fun distraction

7 Point Plan

Then I show you how to work through a easy seven-point plan for achieving a successful freewriting session:

  • Create you ideal writing conditions
  • Set a deadline
  • Determine your freewriting goal
  • Choose your freewriting prompt
  • Relax your conscious mind
  • Don’t stop - keep moving
  • Don’t edit or censor yourself

I’ve also included a freewriting example and provided you with a 100 freewriting travel prompts to get your creative juices flowing.


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About Jay Artale

Originally from the flatlands and big skies of rural Norfolk in eastern England, Jay Artale is a British Expat who swapped corporate life in Los Angeles for a location independent lifestyle. She runs the Birds of a Feather Indie Author Press for authors and writers with an independent spirit.

Jay writes travel guides and non-fiction books about travel writing and travel blogging, and helps other authors self-publish their print and ebooks.

If you're a travel blogger who has published a travel related book, why not get in touch to take part in her ongoing author interview series. Your insights and knowledge could help another indie author achieve their goal of self-publishing, and it's that collaborative spirit that being an Indie is all about (it's also a great way to showcase your book).

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