Pour faire suite à mes récents billets sur le journalisme à la pige, voici quelques conseils qui me semblent fort pertinents à propos du travel writing :
1) Find a Good Hook: Take a fresh point of view on an old subject or look for unusual new stories. Many of the places you will write about have been written about before, so you need to find something new and original to say that will grab a reader’s (and an editor’s attention.)
2) Be a Reporter: Traveling as a writer is different from traveling as a tourist. Take notes, ask questions, get quotes and notice the little details of your trip. How much did it cost, how long has it been open, how many people have visited, etc. Travel writing has been described as part reporting, part dear diary and part providing traveler information.
3) Write Vividly: Your goal is to paint a picture with your words and take the reader on a journey…even though they’ve never left the couch. Include sensory details. What did it taste like? Look like? Feel like? Smell like? What did the experience remind you of? Bring a sense of place to your story.
4) Read Other Travel Writers: For inspiration, read other travel writers to get a feel for what’s out there and what makes good writing. Dissect the elements of their writing. Some of the most famous travel writers are: Bill Bryson, Tim Cahill, Paul Theroux, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Bruce Chatwin, etc.
5) Know Your Audience: Get familiar with the publication you want to pitch. Ask yourself who their audience is. Is it young males who like snowboarding, teenage girls, parents with young children? What types of stories does this publication feature? What kind of story could you write that would fit in with their style?
6) Pitch An Editor: Craft a well written, succinct paragraph outlining what your story is about, why it’s relevant for their publication, why it’s important to cover now, and why you’re the best person to write it. If you’ve never had anything published before, it may be best to look online. Blogs, magazines, online communities offer more opportunities to get your work out there.
Source: GoNOMAD.com (Via Mediakitty sur Twitter)
P.S.: Difficile de trouver un équivalent à «travel writer» en français. «Journaliste spécialisé en voyages»? Un peu long…