Travel Writing is a LOT Like Writing a Journal Entry
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By William Ballard
For anyone who's ever kept a journal or diary, ask yourself this: Why did you keep that journal in the first place?
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I have reason to believe that it was done in order for you to relive a certain memory or event. And as you write that entry into your journal or diary, what you are actually doing is making a note of what you feel in that particular situation or moment.
And, in so doing, it requires you to activate your five senses (I’ll talk more about that in a few).
Who is The Audience of a Journal Entry?
In the first installment of The Ultimate Travel Writer’s program, there are quite a few lessons on knowing your audience and knowing what emotional triggers appeal to that audience the most.
Anyone that has ever gone through a writing course would know that whenever you try to write to everyone, you end up writing to no one.
This is why, in most writing courses, instructors always teach their students that whenever you sit down to write, you should write as if you are speaking directly to one person, and person only -- especially when it comes to writing persuasive copy. In essence, you imagine that person (that reader) sitting right in front of you, as if you are talking to them over a cup of coffee.
With that said, when it comes to writing a journal entry or keeping a diary, the audience you are most likely writing to is yourself. So that would then leave us with this question: What are the emotional triggers that appeal to YOU the most?
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