Freewriting for Travel Writers

Book Cover: Freewriting for Travel Writers
ISBN: 9781944370015

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

Jay Artale

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.

Publisher: Birds of a Feather Press

Author: Jay Artale

Originally from the flatlands and big skies of rural Norfolk in eastern England, Jay Artale now lives in Bodrum Turkey. In between, she spent two decades in Los Angeles where she juggled her day job as a project manager with her passions for writing, photography and international travel. In 2008, Jay bought a holiday home on the trendy Bodrum Peninsula along Turkey's beautiful Aegean coast. Despite its popularity with Turkish and international visitors, and a destination of choice for thousands of expatriates looking for their place in the sun, well-researched and comprehensive guides to the Peninsula were thin on the ground. Jay decided to plug this gap and enthusiastically set about capturing the local area in words and pictures. In 2010, Jay launched the her website to share her knowledge and experiences with a wider audience. What began life as random facts and observations, hand-written in little note books, has grown into a well-respected and popular travel site. In 2012, Jay began publishing free location-specific Quick Reference Travel Guides for the area. A full-blown guide seemed to be the next logical step. 'The Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide: Turkey's Aegean Gem' Guide was published on Kindle in May 31st 2013, shortly followed by 'The Gumusluk Travel Guide: Bodrum's Silver Lining', which in an in-depth look at the popular fishing village on the Bodrum Peninsula that attracts visitors from Turkey's major cities, and further afield. Not content to limit herself to writing Travel Guides, Jay has started to write How To guides for other travel writers to elevate their writing from one-dimensional to engaging. These writing guides will help travel bloggers and travel writers reach more readers and grow their social following. As well as stand-alone writing guides, Jay is writing a series about How To Write a Travel Guide. Jay has also started to publish poetry collections. Her first "Turkey Tales" is a Memoir in Verse, recounting her experiences about moving to Turkey. This is just the first in her poetry collections, and there are many more in the works.