If I met you in person and asked you to describe to me your favorite, most memorable adventure, chances are, you could do it with ease. But when it comes time to put that story on paper, all of a sudden you lock up.  Why is that? One theory is that we think faster than we type.  The ideas are there, we just can’t get them out on paper as fast as we think them. The other theory is that what sounds good in person, doesn’t really sound good in black ink. No matter which of these ideas is holding you back, try simply writing your story on paper first exactly as you might explain it to a friend.  Then go through what you’ve written and highlight the most interesting part. Is the most interesting part about an activity you enjoyed?  An extravagant meal?  A funny incident? Think about the audience who might enjoy that part of your story and then do a quick Google search of magazines that cater to that audience.  When you read their back issues and find their writer’s guidelines, you’ll likely find a structure of other stories you can follow. Are they all first-person on-the-ground experiences?  If yes, you’ll want to write yours that way. Are they all lists (5 things to see in X or three unique ways to see Y)?  If yes, you’ll want to turn your Big Idea into a list that follows their preferred structure. Start there and aim to get something on paper by the end of this week. Try to eliminate your fear of writing. Piece by piece you can do this. Getting started is the hardest part. Share on Facebook [Editor’s Note: Learn more about opportunities to profit from your travels (and even from your own home) in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.  Sign up today here and we’ll send you a report, Get Paid to Travel as a Travel Writer, completely FREE.]

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