The latest assignment in my course is to write a 500-800 word travel article that is not destination based. This could range from restaurant reviews to how-to guides, event or landmark anniversaries to top-tens.
I decided to research famous Victorian/Australian and world land marks to see when their 10/25/50/100 etc year anniversaries would be. I then moved onto famous people, events and music festivals.
Eventually I stumbled across ‘White Night Melbourne’ a dusk-to-dawn festival held in the summer which has it’s debut early 2013. The festival attracted over 300,000 visitors and over 500 artists will form the line up for next years festival. I decided to write about the the festival/its origins and it’s artists.
After a busy pre-planned weekend and other commitments I finally managed to sit down tonight and get the article started - only to realize that just Today, an article about the festival has been released in the Herald Sun.
On one hand, I’m relatively proud of my researching skills and having the intuition to write about something that is obviously quite relevant. On the other hand, my article will now seem unoriginal and derivative and intuition doesn’t really mean shit unless know you’ll have someone willing to publish you.
In the last 24 hours I’ve been reminded of a few important things:
- Do not jump to conclusions
- People will surprise you
- Give them the benefit of the doubt