Faster! Faster! Fastest Page-Display Wizard!

1. Put Pointer on Link 2. Click Right Mouse Button 3. Open in new Tab

Repeat until desired Tabs are at top of Screen

Hover over Tab. Click it! Whiz to selected Page!



1-4 Let Clip and Save = Efficient Writing

(c) 2010 by Mona Leeson Vanek

You can easily minimize Internet research time and maximize writing time. All you need do is Toggle between programs, clip and save and paste, and file methodically, and quickly retrieve data as needed. Here's how to Clip and Save and Paste your research.

Copy material on the Internet and paste it into your file-message 
Copy and Paste are actions done when you Right mouse button, and select from the drop down list by moving your pointer to the one you want and clicking the Left button.

1.) Start your e-mail program
  • Send it to the taskbar by clicking your mouse on the [-] sign at the top right hand corner of your screen.
2.) Open your Internet browser program.

To move back and forth between these two programs as you copy and save research material, Toggle will mean to click on the e-mail icon in your task bar.

Until you close your e-mail program, Toggle will return you to the open message you left.

3.) With your Internet browser open (on top)
  • Toggle e-mail.
Press "ctrl  n" (ie: press both keys simultaneously) to create a file-message. Later, it will become a mailbox folder.

Type your research project name into the To: line. This identifies the project.

Use the Subject: line to elaborate on message contents.

4.) Toggle. The "http" line at the top of your browser screen is the URL (what got you to this web page, either because you typed it there, or you clicked on it's link somewhere.)
  • Click mouse pointer on URL to highlight it.
  • Right click (opens the drop-down list.)
Select Copy from the drop down list This places an invisible copy on your (invisible) Clipboard, ready to be pasted wherever you want it.

4.) To save what you just copied,

  •  Toggle the e-mail icon
Right click mouse pointer inside the new message
Select Paste from the drop down list. Anything you copy can be pasted where you want to save it.
*Every time you insert material into your file-message, press "ctrl s" to save all that you've collected in case the power goes off unexpectedly shutting the computer down, or some other computer crash happens.
  • When you close your e-mail file-message the message goes into your OUT mailbox (or Draft, or whichever folder (mailbox), depending on your e-mail program. The message remains there, ready to be reopened and added to. If using your word processor, save the named document after each insertion by pressing "ctrl s".
5.) Toggle, and on the web page, look for the Site Map.

Not all web pages will have a site map, but it's very useful. It's often a link on the Home page, usually either near the top of the page or near the bottom. If you don't see it, try pressing ctrl f to open your computer's Find function, where you type 'Site Map.' Also, ctrl End will quickly get you to the bottom of the page, where you may find who owns the site.

6.) Locate the web page owner's name, and highlight (by holding down left mouse key while scrolling) and Right click. Choose "copy". Finding the owner often takes persistent searching, and not all sites list the owner. Sometimes it's a corporation. Check also in "About Us" and "Contact Us" (where you might also find the president or CEO's name), or in the Copyright information, which is also usually at the page bottom.

7.) Toggle, and in file-message, Right click and "paste" the owner's name.

8.) Toggle, and find out how to contact the web page owner. Save the contact information in your e-mail message. Include an e-mail address and a phone number (if available) in case you need to get in touch at some later date. Even if you aren't sure you have the right e-mail address, someone will generally reply to your e-mail.

Some editors only require citing your source URL, however many editors expect you to obtain permission to cite material from a web site.

If there's a contact's link, often the address will be automatically inserted into a new message in your e-mail program. Copy and save it. Other times, an on-line reply form will open. Save a copy of the web page URL in your file-message in case you want to use that form later.

When you send a message via an on-line form, it disappears, so when you contact a web site owner using the online form, before sending (or submitting) ALWAYS create a copy of the message you type (ctrl a inside of the online message box to highlight all, and then ctrl c to copy.) Paste (ctrl v) your copy into your file-message.)

9.) As you explore the links on the web page and highlight, copy and save the snippets you'll use later when you flesh out your article or story, remember to also save the URL from every new page you gather data from.

Also check for a "last updated" note. Many pages were last updated years ago, and few say when, but if you find a recent update note it's a much more valuable resource. More and more editors will accept only recently published online citations.

When finished, the important information you need to cite your facts will be readily available when needed -- in the e-mail folder (mailbox) you create to store them.

10.) Close the file-message. It's now ready to Transfer.

11.) If you haven't attempted to create new mailboxes, the process is similar to saving word document files, and your e-mail program Help file will walk you through it. (*See Step 3.)

While you're searching online, you may find information for a different article. Save it into a new e-mail message message.

Control key functions:
In many software programs, keyboarding is supported. In other words, when you press a combination of the control (ctrl) key simultaneously with another key a function is available:
Ctrl while rolling your mouse over a line (or picture) highlights it.
ctrl c = COPY, whatever is highlighted
ctrl v = PASTE, whatever you have copied
ctrl f = SEARCH, opens a box with a line where you type the number, symbol, letter, word or words you want to find quickly
ctrl a = HIGHLIGHTS, the entire open file. Highlighted material can then be copied, deleted or moved to somewhere else within the document.
If you accidentally delete something (and you will!) ctrl v should paste it back! IF ctrl v does not, then use ctrl z.
ctrl z = UNDO, last typing (ie: like if you've deleted something and decide you want it back, pressing ctrl z will return it to wherever it was.)
ctrl o = OPENS, Offers you a box showing all the files in your computer from which you can choose the one you want to open.)
ctrl p = PRINT, the file (message) that is currently open.
ctrl s = SAVES, the current message, and keeps it open so you can continue typing into it.
ctrl w = CLOSE, messages, mailboxes, documents, and some programs, such as Internet Explorer, etc.
ctrl e = SEND, messages. (Send is immediate IF you are connected on-line, otherwise you'll get a 'can't send' message.)
ctrl d = DUMP, messages into your trash mailbox.
ctrl k = COPY, highlighted message sender's ADDRESS INTO ADDRESS BOOK
ctrl 6 = will start a spell-check on words in the open message. (you chose what you want to do about them and cancel out of the spell-checker at anytime.)
ctrl works with home and end keys, too. They are useful ways to speed moving around in the open file and can save you lots of time.
ctrl tab = toggle between open pages.
ctrl p = print and save this so you can refer to it anytime!
ctrl q = QUITS, a program (exits the program and the message will be gone, gone, gone, as in erased and gone forever! It's as final as putting your mouse pointer on the little "x" in the top corner to EXIT. DO NOT QUIT or EXIT documents you've written without first using ctrl s to save, or ctrl w to close and save the current message you're typing, or ctrl e to send it.

Next: 1-5, 1-6, Let Retrieving Misplaced Data = Efficient Writing,

Chapter 1: Chapter 1 - Ideas -

5-7 Travel Writing

(c) 2010, Mona Leeson Vanek

Get started by learning about this huge and widely varied genre by visiting Travel Writing Net: Check all the links.

Talking Travel With Roy Lowey,, may just have the most useful links for travel writers, as well as travelers. Begin your thorough exploration by clicking the entire list of links at the top of the National Association of Travel Journalists Association, Select Travel World Magazine, Keep exploring and learning all you can. You'll be able to search for many excellent articles. Scroll down and click on Site Map.

Durant Imboden's Writing.Org site,, "A travel writer's guide to self-publishing on the Web,"  is good. Scroll his Articles Index to find Travel Writing, and read his article:

Lorry Pattons' Travel tips 'n' Tales, Browse, check out links, and especially the Terms of Use Copyright link at the bottom of the page. (TIP: Press Trips, when they appear, will be found under News, which is separated by topics. Sometimes none are listed.)

Check out Scott American Corporation at, For free information, click the GoGo for travelers, and be zipped to, where you'll find a wealth of information. Click Site Map and surf the results, and grow your travel writing knowledge exponentially!

For example, at Cathay Pacific Airways, by surfing the links you can learn about baggage, in-flight health, airports, lounges, aviation logistics, and antenna farms, etc. Let each spark ideas to topic spoke.

Check Destinations at each airline to learn which cities to focus on when getting ideas for in-flight magazines. Don't skip Travel Publications. Check each publication for submission guidelines.

*NOTE: Travel Publicity Leads is for travel writers with some experience, not beginners or students. The services offered should not be used until you have developed experience in the niche of travel writing. Study how other writers looking for press trips or press kits use the listing service.

Travel Press Kits
BootsnAll Press Kit is an excellent example of what may be included in a press kit:

Many companies, locations, media, etc., offer press kits. Get started by typing "travel press kit" into The search will return different results, depending on what new information has reached the Internet. For example, I found links to:; (search press kit).

Expect to find unexpected perks as you build your databases. For example, at, the official Alaskan Vacation Planner, although the site didn't look impressive, when I scrolled I found a link to a calendar of events, and at the very bottom, two excellent resource links, the Industry Glossary, and the Site map.

Travel guides
Do lots of homework online by checking the multitude of online travel guides for destinations, accommodations, etc. Pamela Lanier hosts several websites you can link to from her interesting site: Roll your mouse over her site carefully so you don't miss any links.

Lanier Travel Guides, is one example. On the page, Check the destinations link to find thumbnail sketches of destinations. It offers a site map where you can select from their database of destination information. Great for gathering data and generating dozens of ideas to topic spoke! ALWAYS check her Site Map on each page.

Travel writers association
International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association, can spend days surfing this site and not get to all of the information you can glean, free!

Graduated memberships are available. The online application(s) give the fee(s). Memberships include newsletter, Press Pass, that lists press trips, conferences, markets, etc. Click Magazine, to view it online. Spend some time exploring this excellent site, because you don't know what freebies you'll find unless you do!

Locate Chambers of Commerce at:

Currency exchange calculators:,
Yahoo Finance,, provides rates of exchange and alphabetical list of countries.

Travel Library: Personal travelogues and worldwide travel and tourism information. Has important link to Airline Ticket Consolidators. The travelogues listed in the Library sometimes contain links to personal home pages. People put their travel stories online in the Travel-Library and include their personal web sites for a variety of reasons. Almost none of these writers are making any money from writing their travelogue. HOWEVER, with persistent surfing, you can also locate interesting sites such as places for working and volunteering. Maybe you'll discover someone interesting, and write a profile article.

TravelWritingNet,, is devoted soley to showcase the best in high-quality travel writing from unpublished writers. It may be right for you when you're stepping into the speciality field. Payment consists of having the satisfaction of getting your stories published where others can enjoy them.

Other information sites and press packets
Check out state websites, too. For example, see Montana information here: (TIP: Click Search and Help near bottom page to get a VERY comprehensive alphabetical list of what's in Montana! (quick link: Sign up for a newsletter, if you're interested in state that has a certain mystique popular with readers. has recently launched a new Web site for journalists and editors researching adventure travel stories in the Rocky Mountain states, The site offers journalists complete online press kits for adventure travel companies. Go to:. *For information, email,

Travel Writers Exchange also has good information,
Airline websites can lead to a wealth of travel information, too. For example, from Delta Airlines site map at, I located Frommers, an excellent international itinerary guide resource:

FreeTrip(R) (, Inc.) has a quick and dirty calculator for best route between two points-- and, importantly, gives you approximate driving time. It allows you to constrain the trip to or away from certain highways if all you're looking for are the text descriptions of how to get somewhere.

Centers for Disease and Control, Traveler's Health,, provides international travelers with current information on disease outbreaks and health issues. Includes information on recommended vaccinations, and links to CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program for sanitation inspections on international cruise ships.

Travel writing isn't only about making trips or visiting destinations; let topic spoking lead your writing in many directions. This venue can be challenging, but the rewards are many. Give traveling a try, if you have a strong constitution and itchy feet.

Chapter 12, Other Writing Opportunities:

Next: 5-8, Newspaper Contracts: