Young Travel Writer 2018 Young Travel Writer competition - The Checklist

Travel writers use a variety of styles and techniques but generally it reflects a strong sense of the writer’s personality, their intelligence and wit. 

They try to convey images and descriptions to readers using as many senses as possible combined with practical and accurate information that is useful to the reader. Not every element needs to be covered or in any set order.

When you have drafted your entry, think about the following check list before your revise and polish.

LEAD

Start with a snappy opening to hook the reader - something that grabs the reader’s attention and makes them want to read on.

WHERE

The place, link it to the geography.

WHEN

Season - grounding the reader in time and climate.

WHO

Introduces the writer – the use of personal pronouns.

WHY

Reason for the trip – draws the reader into the story.

HOW

The process of travel; the story line.

WHAT

The story details, quotes from people, anecdotes and facts.

EDIT

Wraps up the article, perhaps linking to the lead.

FIRST PERSON

Make your story a personal account, interwoven with facts, descriptions and observations.

COHESION

Try to come up with a narrative thread that will run through the piece, linking the beginning and the end to the point you are making.

PACE

The piece should flow, but you don’t have to tell the entire trip, pick the best bits, anecdotes and descriptions that will tell the story.

QUOTES

Quotes from people you meet can bring the piece to life.

AVOID

Avoid clichés. Don’t be too clever or formal.

VOICE

The best writing sounds natural and has personality.

VARY THE FOCUS

Think of the analogy of a camera lens:

 CHECK FACTS

Use reliable sources and double check they are correct.

EDIT AGAIN

Edit hard and polish it up. Accuracy is everything.

Correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, facts.

Duration: 06m 25s

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