Craft

How to Come Up With A Good Title For Your Travel Memoir Story

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If you’re like most writers, coming up with a title can be a challenge. I try to convince myself that it should be the fun part, the creative icing on the cake of a story well-told. But that’s often not the case. When I’m about to submit a travel essay for publication and type the title into […] Read more…

Advice on Writing a Travel Memoir: What I Did Wrong and Right

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Travel memoirs are notoriously hard to get published. Yet when they’re done well, they’re my favorite kind of stories to read. Perhaps publishers are put off by author’s propensity to simply write about one’s trip, instead of a deep examination of encountering another culture and transforming oneself. I was fortunate enough to get my travel memoir, Abu Dhabi […] Read more…

8 Ideas to Jumpstart Your Travel Memoir Story

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jumpstart your travel memoir

It’s easy to ruminate fondly on all the adventures and hilarious (in hindsight) frustrations of your travels. You tell your friends anecdotes of your travails, and they invariably say that you should write this all down. But when you get to that blank page, you don’t know where to start. Here are some ideas to spark your travel […] Read more…

Want to Write a Travelogue? Learn From a Master

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travelogue

A travelogue is a mind on the page, venturing into a new location, informing the reader of one’s impressions. These impressions can be analytical, measured, sharp, and / or whimsical. The form allows the writer to encompass all those highs and lows of travel, as long as your observations are sharp and your writing is […] Read more…

My Novel Failed. Was It Worth Writing?

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novel failed

I wrote a novel called Hungry for the World and Its Glow. I dreamed of my characters and their lives for two years before writing it. When I did get around to starting it, I experienced some of the best writing moments of my life. But the novel failed. It’s not a unique story. No one […] Read more…

How to Write While You’re Traveling

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write while you're traveling

With all the planning, searching, experiencing and observing, travel is exhausting. Yet you’ll be kicking yourself once you arrive back home and sit at your desk, trying to recreate those moments without any notes, journal entries or bits of stories to guide you. But how and when do you find the time to write? 5 […] Read more…