We had a wonderful workshop at my local writing group a couple of weeks back by Simon Whaley. It was about how to spice up our travel writing. I wasn't sure about attending this workshop as I don't travel very far and certainly not abroad. I had mistakenly thought that travel writing was just for those writers who went on exotic holidays to exciting shores on far flung places - how wrong was I! Everyone is a traveller and everyone lives in, or near, a place other people will be interested in. You don't have to travel far to find a good angle or a place people from other areas will want to hear about. Your back yard is a tourist place!
He also advised that we add all of our senses to the writing experience that will allow the reader to experience the place through your words: sights, aromas, sounds, tastes and touch all add texture to the piece and allow the reader a sense of being there with you.
This is my last post of 2012 - have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for your writing in 2013!
Don't forget to spice up your writing and take notes and photos of any place you visit while out on your travels!