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When we’re at live workshops like the one in Denver this week, we spend a lot of time helping attendees craft a story they can sell to an editor when they return home.

If you’re not one of the lucky ones here with us to do this with a pro by your side, then let me share a great piece of advice from leading travel editor Jennifer Stevens that can help…

Quotes can add interest to your story and maybe even help you write your first few sentences.

When you’re interviewing someone — or simply picking someone’s brains about the subject you’re covering — and they say something that grabs you, you can be sure it will grab your reader, too.

Here’s an example from Jen’s presentation today…

 

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Quotes are a great way of getting others to tell the story for you. And sometimes they can even be your lead. Here’s another example that starts with someone else other than the writer telling the story…

The Lost Coast

The trees are taller. The beaches are wider. An there’s no one here but you. Here’s how you get lost on California’s last stretch of untamed coast. – Daniel Duane

“I should warn you about the Roosevelt elk,” said Marna Powell, owner of Kayak Zak’s, a boat rental concession in Humboldt Lagoons State Park, as she dragged a yellow plastic kayak down to the waterline for me. While I tied a sleeping bag to one end, she continued, “they’re calving.”

“Really?” I said, mostly ignoring her as I pulled on a waterproof jacket and neoprene booties. “I hope I get to see that.”

 “Well, the females can be very hormonal and protective,” she said. “You can stare down the males, but the females don’t go for that. They’ll kick you to death with their front legs.”

The next time you’re out looking for story ideas, start talking to people, listen to what they say. You might just find that they write the story for you.

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