Why Travel Writing Is Different From Novels?

Tuesday 6 August 2013 @ 12:32 pm

In many aspects Travel Writing is different from Novels. But we discuss here the simpler and obvious one. From a writer point of view there are lot of similarities and common things too. If we talk about from a reader point of view then in novels author writes his/her thoughts and inside beauty (and sometimes dread) but in travel book, author talks (talk is more appropriate word here than write) about the actions he/she performs.

In travel books nobody have concern about what you did or whatever you did. Reader enjoys the situations either author talking about a waterfall or tiger assault. But in novel, reader wants to know about things, these can be romance, revenge or anything.

The Basic Difference

The most basic difference between these two genres of writing is, travel book consists of reality, real people, real events and their occurrence while novel consists of fictional characters and unreal events. There might be some resemblance between a novel and real world. But that is just coincidence.

Another difference is novel circle around a plot, even if novel is a part of series than two different episodes revolves around same plot or story. In other the ending of a novel based upon the starting of it. But all this changes in travel book, even two consecutive paragraphs might tell you different story. So, we can say that a travel book is much more unpredictable than the novels. A travel book might have no connection between the starting and ending of it, we can say the same about even for two chapters of it.

“Travel Novel” is a different term, which is the mixture of these two diverse genres. A travel novel consists of a story (might be fictional or non-fictional) which circle around an adventure. It focuses around the real or imaginary places. It might consist of romance or revenge. So we can say that this genre allows author to write with more freedom and less accuracy.

A travel book can be published in form of blogs but a novel lacks this abilities. If you do so, novel will lose its tempo and attention.




Beginners Guide For Travel Writing

Saturday 6 July 2013 @ 12:14 pm

Who don’t Travelling? The answer is very simple; NONE. But who want to be a Travel Writer? The answer might be difficult. There are various types of Travel Writing. These are Travel Journal, literature, guide and travel book. But one thing in all of these is same. In all of these types the author writes the experiences of his/her during the tour and the pleasure of trip. But the difference is the writing style and purpose.

Journal and Guide

The travel journal consists of day to day activities with the date and in some cases time too. But a travel guide is a beginner guide for a new traveler or fellow traveler to squeeze maximum juice out of it. This also helps a new comer to avoid the difficulties author faced.

A very simple example is, suppose author suffered mosquitoes in rain forest of Africa. He will write the incident with date, time and place in the journal but if he is writing a guide, he will also write the solution of issue, regardless of he knew that solution that time (in Africa) or not.

Literature and Book

In travel literature the author will describe the culture and traditions of different people and nations. He will cross match his experience with the previous knowledge of that place and people and after that write that. In other words, literature is more authentic knowledge of a place or people. But sometime it is boring for some people because it lacks colors and spice.

While a travel book is a simple written notes of the author with time to time and place to place. It is general knowledge of a place or people. But a travel book might be inconsistent and not authentic; on the bright side it is full of enjoyment.

There is a new term “travelogue” in trend now a day. A travelogue consists of the advantages of travel journal, guide, literature and book but avoid the disadvantages of those. A travelogue includes time and date to help the new or fellow travelers with the authentic knowledge of a place with pleasure.




Tips To Succeed In Travel Writing

Thursday 21 July 2011 @ 11:11 am

Travel writing is a dream career of many freelancing journalists. Nonetheless, it is characterized by numerous challenges that make it seem impossible.  The field is competitive; by following the simple tips below; a travel writer may as well find the task a walk in the park.

The first step is polishing up your grammar skills. Polish up your skills in spelling, punctuations and other mechanics of writing. A good understanding of the grammar forms a strong foundation for breaking into the profession.

The second step involves taking up a travel writing workshop. This can be done in your local university or in an online workshop. There are a number of sites and campuses dealing with languages that can offer the service. Use the search engine to search for online workshop services. They are mostly cheaper than the deals offered by the local universities and are still highly effective.

Reading works done by travel writers can help in giving you a good base for breaking through into the profession. Acquire a library card and use it often. Many libraries have travel writer works of different experts that can give you the basic skills to develop professionalism. Read also the special travel writing columns in the local dailies for more knowledge in the field.

Start writing about your local region and proceed to other parts. There are numerous things that take lace in the local regions such as festivals and landmarks that people will enjoy reading. Many professional travel writers started writing about local travel.

Nothing can beat unrelenting practice in travel writing when you want to become an expert. Carry a notebook and keep adding new information you come across in the course of the day. You can even start a blog where you can be uploading articles. This will give you challenge of being careful and critical such that when traveling you will be vigilant on what is happening around.