New Orleans is weird, wild, musical and magical, at all times of day… and night.
Take a stroll down Bourbon street and you’ll find women sporting tassels (and little else)… jazz musicians playing into the night… and chicken so good you’ll slap your mama…
It’s Day Two of the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop, and I’m here exploring New Orleans with 150 of your fellow readers… all setting out to turn this adventure into stories they can sell in magazines, newspapers, and online.
We’re getting the goods, no question. This workshop is all about practical advice and easy, step-by-step instructions.
Here’s one of my favorite instructor tips from the day…
The magic number is 3
Once you have three articles published—even super short ones—you’ve officially become a freelance writer (and can start calling yourself one).
You’ll have gained a measure of confidence, and you’ll understand how the whole process of going from idea to the printed page really works.
“Start small and start local,” said nearly all of our professionals here on stage this week.
Where you live is a destination for somebody… the trick is simply to mine what you find for ideas you can sell.
That’s what Theresa St John, a past workshop attendee, did to get started.
She wanted to go to Paris, she told our group here. But she knew she needed to start local because she just didn’t have the funds to bankroll an overseas adventure.
So that’s what she did—selling stories about destinations close to home. Now, two years later, those initial articles are what started her off… and she’s on a roll. She’s been paid to visit Paris, Ireland, Fiji and Florida as well as a host of other locations around her home state of New York.
Another successful past participant we heard from, Connie Pearson, told us she loves writing about interesting finds near her home in rural Alabama.
With aging parents needing her care, she doesn’t intend to travel too far right now… and that’s ok.
As she explained, writing about hotels, restaurants, and interesting characters all within easy reach of her town has given her a much richer appreciation of where she lives.
“I’ll never be a white water rafter or a sky diver,” she says. “But a southern woman from Alabama who loves food and trying new things is just my thing.”
Almost nobody in this room with me here today is a published writer, yet. We’ve got nurses, teachers, law-enforcement officers, secretaries, professors, attorneys, and more… and in three jam-packed days, we’re turning all of them into travel writers.
Tomorrow we’re going to hear from a panel of editors who have joined us from publications around the U.S. They will reveal the nuts and bolts of what editors look for from freelancers and their pet peeves of what not to do.
Stay tuned for more tips tomorrow…
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