Writing your travel memoir

Writing your travel memoir

writersArdain Isma

A writer is an explorer—a visionary. I travel a lot, but my greatest joy is the opportunity to meet new people, to be exposed to new cultures and more importantly to learn new things about human behavior. Describing the lives of ordinary people is usually where the best novels are crafted.

To be in a unique atmosphere, dazzling and intriguing, it’s inspiring. Boone, North Carolina, left a stunning impression on me, not because I love skiing, but because of its natural beauty, its friendly and very accommodating people. It was quite an adventure in Boone. Snowcap mountains, snow-covered rooftops, enchanted valleys, the whole atmosphere seemed surreal. I went back home, reprocessing in my head the unforgettable moments.

However, just writing about an amazing trip is not enough to pen the story that captures the imagination of your readers. Experts say you must define your voice, which can be a combination of these two things:   Your unique perspective and the type of language and cadence you use when writing your story. This could be humoristic, soulful, aloof, self-critical, chatty, depending on the experience.

Remember, you may not be a memoirist, but you’re a writer. Choose your voice—a voice that carries the sentiment you’re hoping to convey, a voice that will impact how your reader experiences your account.

Happy writing!

Note: Ardain Isma is a novelist and editing manager at CSMS Magazine . He heads the Center for Strategic and Multicultural Studies. He also teaches Introduction to Research Methods at Embry Riddle University. To see his books, click here.

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