Writing

PressThis: How to Become a Travel Writer (seriously)


For a little over a year, I have thought about traveling since it’s something that I love to do but don’t get a chance to… hardly. I always wanted to explore the world, nationally and internationally since I was a young girl.

For those of you who have been following me a while, you know I love to write. Writing is a lifelong passion of mines and a way of life. Anyway, although I am working hard on my craft, to get my content, stories, etc out there, I’m not giving up. Some things been going on and I won’t speak negative on them.

I am, though, considering other ways, just haven’t started, though I am sharing what I researched for anyone who may be thinking about trying travel writing out.

I’ve included a preview below on tips for becoming a travel writer. You can click on the link to learn more. Hope this helps anyone.


How to become a travel writer.
1. Read.

Start reading and don’t stop.

Read all the “greats,” but don’t skip the more obscure writers. Read magazines. Get yourself a library card if you don’t have one, and if you can’t do that, check Google Books and Google Magazines.

The idea isn’t to imitate, but to simply know what — what genres, what styles, what writers — came before you, as well as who your contemporaries are.

2. Redefine the genre of travel writing.

“Travel writing” includes hotel reviews and destination guides, published in guidebooks and in glossy travel magazines. But travel writing’s more than service pieces.

Check out this genre-busting, long-format narrative by Porter Fox. Or this blog postu by multi-genre writer Elizabeth Eslami, which I’d categorize as “place-based writing.”

In a way, all movement and all settling is travel, and so the stories we tell about these experiences are “travel writing” in the broadest sense of the word. Even if some editors don’t see it that way.

3. Start a blog.

In the not-so-distant past, a writer had to have a decent portfolio of publication credits to be considered a “travel writer,” and certainly to be published in a glossy mag.

Not so anymore.

Thousands of writers have published their writing primarily or exclusively on their blogs. Some have gotten book deals. Some have gotten print gigs. Some get offers of free travel. And some get nothing more than the recognition that their writing means something to a random reader who stumbled across their blog doing a Google search.

Not sure how to get started? Check out Matador’s stockpile of blogging tips.

4. Develop your online presence.

Use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms to connect with other writers, editors, and readers.

5. Build a network, online and off.

Start your blog, set up a Facebook and Twitter account, but make sure you get offline, too. Stories and relationships don’t develop best through a screen. That only happens at ground level.

MatadorU hosts frequent workshops and events around the world.

6. Travel. But not just to “exotic” places.

You’ve got a 9-5’er. You’ve got kids. You’ve got debt. You’ve got no money. You’ve got an expired passport.

What you’ve got are excuses. A walk beyond your front door is travel. The only thing you need for a trip is curiosity.

Click the link below to read 22 tips for becoming a travel writer.

Source: How to become a travel writer (seriously)

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Writing

Mirrored Souls- A Twin Flame #Love Story #amwriting #Fiction


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At first glance, the familiar recognition of mirrored souls was astounding as they stared deeply into each other eyes. Finally meeting at a resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, they embraced and held on for a minute longer before ambling over to a tranquil area.

She touched his cheek softly and said how much this moment means to her; however, her lips hadn’t moved. Though, telepathically, he received her message and planted his lips upon hers.

Unhurriedly disconnecting to watch the waves of the blue-green ocean, they’re relieved to have finally given their healed heart another chance at love.

By: Pamela E Hester ©2017

I do hope you enjoy this story as I had writing it. Thanks for reading.

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This micofiction story was one I’ve written in 2017 for the César E Serrano Foundation competition. A couple of weeks ago I found out I didn’t won and yesterday I found out I didn’t made the finalist list either.
Although I am hurt by that, I am grateful to have taken a part in their foundation. It had really helped me. I once made a post last November about the International Day Of Words and about receiving a letter about being their ambassador and such. 

Love

If You Truly Love #Quote


“If you truly love, you will always be pulled back together again…”

At times, people need the necessary time and space so they can grow spiritually, mentally and emotionally, etc. Real, unconditional love always comes back because it haven’t truly left in the first place. 

I wish you all a day and each day filled with lots of love, abundance and happiness. 

Writing

International Day Of Words


Today is International Day Of Words, and I am thrilled. Yesterday was Thanksgiving which was also my mom’s birthday. I hope that everyone who celebrates it had a joyous time with love ones.

Now, today is another day being celebrated as a bond of humankind. Last year, around this time, I have submitted a flash fiction writing along with thousands of other people to the César E Serrano Foundation and the Museum of Words.

This year, they made me their ambassador. I’ve never participated in International Day Of Words, but I believe it’s a wonderful thing to do. I am so happy to be and proud of myself.

It’s about how we use words to bridge the gap between cultures, worlds, and all of mankind. We use words to express ourselves and to others.

We use words to bond with each other and I hope on this day, everyone can use words to express themselves to someone no matter where that person is in the world.
How do you use words to bond with mankind?

Life

What Are You Thankful For? #HappyThanksgiving


 

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it! I hope everyone enjoy this day, and spend it with those you love. Please be safe.

One thing I want to ask you all whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, what are you thankful for?

I am thankful for having God in my life, my family, (my mom, daughter, and siblings) being blessed, and you all.

 

Thanksgiving is here, so our minds have turned

To what time has taught us, to what we’ve learned:We often focus all our thought
On shiny things we’ve shopped and bought.
We take our pleasure in material things,
Forgetting the pleasure that friendship brings.
If a lot of our stuff just vanished today,
We’d see the foundation of each happy day
Is special relationships, constant and true,
And that’s when our thoughts go directly to you.
We wish you a Thanksgiving you’ll never forget,
Full of love and joy—your best one yet!

By: Joanna Fuchs

 

What are you thankful for?

 

 

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