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4.0 out of 5 stars A very descent book for the purpose, 14 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Travel Writing (Lonely Planet How to Guides) (Paperback)
The first book I happened to read on the way to writing more and developing further my writing style.

Pros:
1. Excellent inclusion of numerous interviews with writers, editors and agents. Valuable information provided there, and I'd advise to read these first that the rest of the book. They tell you again and again (simply because most of them repeat the very same basic rules in the business) what are the essentials in being a good writer, a good specialist in travel writing.
2. Overall good introductory material for all areas where a writer should pay attention to, e.g. structuring his/her writing, photo gear to possibly own/carry with on assignments, other tools of the trade (voice recorder, notepad). I found parts of the 'tools of the trade' information provided very useful indeed. The author does not go into very much detail on everything, all areas of info provided, though, are covered well enough for an introduction to writing.
3. Samples of travel writing excellence provided, there you get an idea (by example) of what is expected of you, should you wish to follow this passion.
4. Section on listing of organizations and resources, which is pretty good. It may of course not be as extensive as the classic 'Writers Handbook' as published every year, but hei, this book is not for this purpose. However, the info provided in this section as well is very good and more than enough for starters.

Cons:
1. For many of the issues mentioned in the book, target readership is mainly aspiring travel writers. But there is only writing, not travel writing - as you will discover after reading all interviews (included in this book) with writers and editors.
2. A great little bit-of-everything book. I strongly believe an aspiring writer should have and consult a range of specific books/references (Strunk's 'The Element of Style', AP guidebook, 'The Chicago Manual of Style', 'Writing Feature Articles', etc.) But for more, all you have to do is read, read, read (good literature) and also write, write, write.

Overall:
Highly recommended, especially for those who start now on any writing activity. A very enjoyable little book to read as well.
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