A facet of article writing that as so far escaped my attention is travel writing. My illogical mind had decreed that because I've never ventured abroad no-one will be interested in what I have to say (don't start Mr Whaley - I know, I know!) Now, as anyone who is a serious, professional writer will know, this is not the attitude to take. Theoretically, a writer can turn their hand to any writing they so wish and, in fact, should be able to adapt their writing style to any given publication. It's what they/we do on a daily basis - or should be. So what stops us?
I think fear of the unknown is a big issue - can you write in an accurate, engaging and authoritative manner about a subject you are not an expert on? Of course, the answer I hope to hear is a resounding YES! The answer should be positive as you can research a subject and find out about it from the Internet (but be very carefully about the authenticity of the sites you use,) experts who do know what they are talking about and members of the public who have experienced or know about what you are writing about. The range of topics and themes is endless!
So, I intend to remedy this sorry state of affairs and write about places I do know about or places other people know about. For me, this means places in the UK - but there is nothing to stop me (or you) from interviewing someone who has been abroad and writing about their experiences is there?