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How to Write about Challenging Experiences

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challenging experiences

If you’ve travelled enough, you’ve probably found yourself dealing with some challenging experiences. Perhaps you’ve witnessed an injustice and been part of the effort to help. There were probably times when you felt powerless. I’ve been there. It’s important to write about these experiences, for yourself and for those people you care about. In Dubai, I […] Read more…

5 Ways To Prepare For Writing Travel Stories Before You Arrive

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writing travel stories

You can’t predict what’s going to happen on your trip, but you can do a few things to prepare for writing great travel stories: 1. Skim a quick overview of your destination’s history, from ancient to recent. What appeals to you? Are there any stories you find fascinating? Dig deeper. You’re not trying to give yourself […] Read more…

5 Ways To Generate Great Writing from Your Reading

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reading

Think back to when you first learned to read. What was it like? Back then, you read word by word. You focused on what each word or phrase was communicating. You read closely. Today we are all practiced readers. We have become too familiar with skimming, skipping words, daydreaming. Yet writers’ words teach us how […] Read more…

Finding Your Way Into Writing Travel Memoir Essays

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writing travel

Travel memoir writing isn’t what you typically read in the Travel section of a newspaper, or in many glossy magazines. When you’re writing travel memoir, you aren’t compelled to lavish superlatives upon a beach resort or trendy city. You don’t have to recommend the restaurants where you ate, the museums you visited or the hotel […] Read more…

6 Ways to Structure Your Travel Story and Jumpstart Your Writing

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travel memoir

 I’ve learned to jumpstart my writing through inventing interesting structures for my travel memoir stories. Innovative ways to organise the elements of my travel essay can help me locate where my essay begins, and it can even help me decide the entire arc of the story I’m going to tell. Inventing different ways to structure […] Read more…

5 Ways to Turn your Amazing Trip into an Amazing Travel Memoir Essay

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travel memoir

Travel can inspire some of our greatest ideas for writing. By spending time somewhere new, our minds can begin to shift, and we can gain an entirely new perspective on our lives. Observing how others live while on a journey somewhere new is an ideal way to understand oneself better, and can provide poignant subject matter […] Read more…