Travel writers are not much different than your average writer.
In order to become a wonderful and successful travel writer, it requires a lot of traveling, writing and reading.
Reading is important for writers because it expands their vocabulary and ideas. There is nothing wrong getting ideas from other writers, as long as you are not plagiarizing their work. Think of the best writers in the world. Do you think Ernest Hemingway and Kurt Vonnegut had favorite writers? Of course they did.
The most important thing for all types of writers, is to write often. It is suggested that if you are a writer, you should write everyday. The 10 steps to becoming a better writer, by Brian Clark is:
- Write more.
- Write even more.
- Write even more than that.
- Write when you don’t want to.
- Write when you do.
- Write when you have something to say.
- Write when you don’t.
- Write every day.
- Keep writing.
If writer do not keep up with their writing everyday, their brain could slowly begin to lose their imagination and creativity. Even if it your writing is good or bad, short or long, at least you are writing! The second most important thing for a travel writer to do is travel (duh!).
A good travel writer needs to get out in the world and explore places that have been visited and places that have not. It can be quite difficult to come up with an idea for a travel story but I found this advice from Robert Mckee very helpful:
“Next time you’re out with a friend, ask him or her if you can tell them your new story idea. Halfway through, make an excuse to leave the table. When you come back, start talking about something else, as though you’ve forgotten all about the story. If your friend interrupts to ask you to finish, you know you have a winner. If your friend instead seems relieved, definitely think twice about your story idea.”
It can take a while to make a living off of travel writing but as long as you have a goal, stick to that goal, write everyday and travel often, it is very possible to become a successful travel writer.