What I've Learned From Writing For The Odyssey
Start writing a post
Community

What I've Learned From Writing For The Odyssey

You can get more than just some writing experience

9
https://www.pexels.com/photo/woman-typing-writing-programming-7112/
Pexels

I've been writing for the Odyssey for about a year and a half and it's given me more than I expected.

I originally applies to write for the Odyssey at College of Charleston in hopes of getting some real-world writing experience and building a slight portfolio. I was certainly able to do that, but I also learned a few things along the way. Some of it has gone right along with the writing classes I take and some I don't think I would've learned without the Odyssey.

Writing for the web is hard, and that's one of the biggest lessons I've learned. It's hard to find something you like enough to write about, but also something others think is worth reading. I've come to know that if you don't like what you're writing about, no matter how popular it is among the masses, you're not going to have a good article, and it's better to have a great article that only a couple hundred people (or less) read than a bad article that will reach thousands of people.

Writing for yourself is a big part of the Odyssey and that's what makes it a great place to start. It has taught me how to find my next article topic, what style I should write it in, and how to best research for it, among other things.

Speaking of research: research for a web article is completely different from research for an essay. Figuring out what I should research for my articles is something that I know will come in handy for the future because it's far more casual than academic research. People don't want to read a works cited page so inserting links is one of the best and easiest ways to reference. It's also a great way to plug some of your own past articles in.

Probably the biggest lesson I've learned from the Odyssey is how I write and what I'm good at writing. I've been writing academic papers for so long that I almost forgot what it was like to write in a more casual style. In addition to learning what kind of articles I like to write, the Odyssey has reinvigorated my love of writing. I've been writing more creatively since I started the Odyssey at College of Charleston and I've found new passions in that.

While some may think the Odyssey is just college students writing clickbait articles, I think it is much, much more and can help writers grow and expand. So if you want a great opportunity, find your local Odyssey and start writing.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Featured

Essential Items Men Can't Live Without

Here is everything that you need to know about the essential items men can't live without.

17944

Men get the stereotype of being simple when it comes to what they need in life.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

What Your Car's Color Says About Your Personality

Your color choice speaks volumes. It doesn't just emit an image for the car, it also says something about your style and personality! It's a form of self-expression. Are you confident? Are you sophisticated? Are you easy-going? Are you outgoing? Are you practical? As you're reviewing car sites for your next car purchase, what color will you opt for? Find out what certain color choices says about you!

154510

When it comes to car shopping you likely have certain preferences, including what color it should be. Your color choice speaks volumes. It doesn't just emit an image for the car, it also says something about your style and personality! It's a form of self-expression. Are you confident? Are you sophisticated? Are you easy-going? Are you outgoing? Are you practical? As you're reviewing car sites for your next car purchase, what color will you opt for? Find out what certain color choices says about you!

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

30 Songs On My Back-To-School Playlist For Walks To And From Class

Headed back to in-person classes means you need a pretty banging playlist to power you through those walks to class.

122010
Photo by Zen Chung on Pexels

I don't know about you, but I start each day off with a one-mile walk to class. I have to have good tunes flowing through my ears during those 20 minutes, not to mention the walks between classes and the walks home. So, here is my 30 song playlist to get me through this almost unfamiliar concept we call walking to class.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Be Kind to Yourself: 8 Mental Health Tips to Try

One way you can improve your quality of life is to take care of your mental health. As a result, you'll feel less depressed and be able to enjoy spending time with friends and family more often. These mental health tips might be just what you need to forget about your problems.

68606

One way you can improve your quality of life is to take care of your mental health. As a result, you'll feel less depressed and be able to enjoy spending time with friends and family more often. These mental health tips might be just what you need to forget about your problems.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Should You Own An SUV If You Live In A Snowy state?

There are many reasons to own an SUV. If you live in a cold state or a rural area, you will see that owning an SUV is very important.

56037

The gas and oil prices are too high to run in a smaller vehicle. You are better off with an SUV for hauling cargo and driving larger loads around the town. In addition, owning an SUV is more comfortable and safe than driving a smaller vehicle.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments