April 13, 2008 by Tracey S. Rosenberg
How do you write a travel guide? One Lonely Planet writer (or rather, ex-writer) has some ideas. 1. Instead of actually traveling, get info from your girlfriend. Do the writing in comfort at home. 2. Get the rest of your copy by a) ripping off other writers who have actually done the legwork and b) making it up. 3. Accept free travel. 4. Sell drugs. 5. Make sure all this gets into the papers so when your book comes out, you get free publicity.
Well…no. Because as we’ve already discussed with regard to memoirs, you actually have to do the stuff you claim is true. So why would I read a book subtitled ‘A Swashbuckling Tale of High Adventures, Questionable Ethics and Professional Hedonism’ when I’m already sure that the only buckles you swashed were in the comfort of your own living room?
And in the category of ‘word choice makes a difference’: check out these two versions of what happened to a certain pop star this morning.
Crash? Come on. You aren’t the Daily Mail.