‘It is not good enough to write so that everyone can understand you. You must write so that no-one can possibly misunderstand you’ (N. Bonaparte)
This week, we’re tasked to talk about writing. Great! Finally, something I know a little bit about. I used to do it as a hobby, then I made a bit of money at it … now, it’s largely a hobby again, although a few cents does occasionally trickle its way into my PayPal account. So, I’ll tell all about writing. You have an hour or two? No? Damn, I’ll have to concentrate on only one facet of the craft.
It usually starts with my Journals. These, or rather, the latest volume, I carry with me wherever I go. In them go my notes, first impressions and also tickets, leaflets and other stuff, to remind me of the trip. Really, it’s a sort of cross between a journal and a scrapbook.
At a slack time, I’ll transcribe my notes to my tablet, making them a bit more grammatical, and maybe adding a few bits and pieces. If I can find any wifi, I’ll upload a copy to my Dropbox.
Usually, I’ll only post a brief description of where I’ve been, and what I’ve seen/done here, and on Facebook. The main body of my notes can wait till I get home. Then, they’ll be downloaded, polished up some more, and become blog posts.
Posts, plural, that is! Many people type out a long screed, describing the whole trip, and upload it as one post. I prefer to parcel it out, and deal with one activity at once, and try to wrap it up in about 3-400 words.
I can then make longer articles by ‘pasting together’ two or three blog posts, and ‘sanding over the cracks’, as it were. And, I’ve also tried combining articles for a book! I’m not sure how that worked out, though; at the moment, I could take everyone who’s bought it out to dinner, and not gasp too much when the bill arrived!
This post is this week’s contribution to the Travel Theme. See more at https://wheresmybackpack.com/2016/08/12/travel-theme-writing/