Since this article marks an entire year that I have spent writing for Odyssey, I will say that I never ran out of ideas. I have found that I myself have answered some of these questions during the process of writing this listicle. Either I answered my own questions, or I already had the answers before they inspired the questions.
The point of these questions, as mentioned in the sub-headline of my first series of questions, is that ideas are not always internal, rather they are everywhere and can be materialized into written form in a wide variety of ways.
This is the typical job interview question which you can ask in article form.
You might either go to the Isle of Man or, as referenced in the headline picture, the top of the Roraima mountains.
This can have to do with physical looks or personality.
Perhaps you thought of a Plan B in case anything happened.
Perhaps it is a political issue or a favorite TV show.
How else would you use grandiloquent, elaborate words?
It would either be a hint as to what you should write your article about or it might be about the article you planned to write.
Maybe you wanted to name them after the people who made a significant impact in your life. Maybe you might name in your native language if you are member of the indigenous community.
It might even be a birthday present.
This may cause you to think about how to write out your headline title.
It would have to be a subject that is not available in the courses and yet is something you want to explore in-depth.
Or if Odyssey Video actually becomes a thing, you could start off with a video you put a lot of faith into.
Perhaps you have the need to turn typical tropes, customs, or character traits on their heads.
This does not always have to be your favorite holiday, rather just a day in a year that can be examined.
In my case, I was an editor for the literary magazines of the colleges I attended.
This could involve your birthplace, ancestry, culture, or heritage. You do not always have to insert yourself in the articles, but you can make analyses through personally driven articles.
This would help you in more ways than merely asking questions.
Although there has been major changes to Muse, that does not mean that there are no more problems.
Maybe the article will get it off your chest.
Whatever would make your cover stand out.
In my university, there was debate whether to change the name of an administrative building.
This is one of the questions from the Proust Questionnaire.
Story of my life.
It might be an interesting way to share tips that are employable.
You might use some words and explain how you learned them.
It could be 11 or 50.
This would make you think more about your future career path.
Notice I wrote color in its plural form. This is the type of question that would get you to think of both an article topic and a basic color scheme for your headline picture.
This was always a habit of mine and can be traced back to #15, considering how the article you are linking inspired your new article.
The author would not have written the book without the help of editors and family members.
This could include an ambition you once had.
Perhaps it would act as a catharsis.
In my case, I researched the Lenape. It would not only help you write a topic and give the indigenous community modern relevance, but Odyssey might piqued any interest from the reservations.
If it helped you, it might help everyone else.
I see articles like this on Odyssey that have the headline “I Asked [Blank Demographic] About [Blank Topic] And These Are What They Said.”
This is a million dollar question (no pun intended) that we were all asked at one point.
This includes 500 words and Listicles.
There are some mysteries out there that make us seem small, so small we cannot even put a name on it. For example, I do not know what the font in this picture is called and yet I see it everywhere.
These include Academic Search Premier and JSTOR. Or if you just use Google Scholar.
It usually happens to me when searching for a cover photo.
This may help you when you are not sure if you should pursue it.
You do not want all that research to be in vain.
Based on the articles I wrote, I would choose the indigenous population, but it is not out of some SJW agenda, but rather as a means of academic exploration and personal interest (and the fact that indigenous people are intrinsically tied to their land).
It could break the ordinary article ideas that typically are found throughout Odyssey.
The topic itself might break your writer’s block.
Perhaps it is for health or just enjoyment.
This is definitely what makes topic articles unique. It certainly enriched my article portfolio and helped me to never have writer’s block on Odyssey.
This one is a candidate for me, but I would recommend making a headline title that does not look like one combined with a sub-headline and the first lines of your article; especially if you want it approved by your editor.
This may seem useless, but remember that all of us use metaphors all the time in order to magnify the significance of anything we talk about. In fact, my own titles have metaphors, such as using the name of a Roman sea god as an adjective, the use of “consumption” to refer to an addiction, and the phrase “love-hate relationship.”
It is pretty much the norm to write articles like this on The Odyssey Online, specifically when they begin with “To…” and follow that with whoever they are addressing. I have done the same for humorous and more personal purposes.
You may have wanted to share them but never found the opportunity prior to signing up to write for The Odyssey Online. You may have even planned to write a blog but never got around to doing it but already had possible posts written. Originally I wanted to post my critique of the pre-Disney Star Wars film series and my literary review of “Heart of Darkness” on my blog “Abandoning Old Gods” before I decided to post them on The Odyssey Online.
This should be a fairly simple question since you can always look at The Odyssey Online homepage to see the “Popular on Odyssey” section.
You would have to have the emotional attachment to the issue that an article was discussing that caused you to respond in some way.
This could include anyone in your personal life or a famous person.
It may have caused you to think differently about the subject that it was teaching.
You may have wanted to go beyond just the ordinary article and decided to play with the conventions of article-writing. You never know. You might end up with a list of article ideas and you might end up changing them from statements into questions.
Whether it has to do with a national landmark, a park, or a different country.
This one is not as generalized as my other questions, but I have thought of writing an article like this. I have noticed that even before “Game of Thrones” was aired that there were actors/actresses who starred in movies that closely resembled “Game of Thrones,” whether it is Sean Bean, Liam Cunningham, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headley, Kit Harington, etc.
This is sort of a contradiction from the purpose of making an article like this, by not offering article ideas, but questions that lead to article ideas being created independently. However, I have written an article based on one of these types of article idea suggestion listicles with a unique stance.
There are ways of deciding where to find headline pictures outside of a free stock photo website.
In my case, I tried two Udemy online courses and wrote my reflection on them.
If you have no plans to submit to a literary magazine, it might have a place on The Odyssey Online.
Speaking of the headline picture, it would be interesting what your highest aspiration you would place within a coin to be dropped into a wishing well.
This could be a scientific article that made you think twice about your disinterest in science as a subject or a song from a music genre you do not particularly like.
This may include someone you know who has a fascinating lifestyle.
You may hold it to heart, but it is up to you to convince everyone else to feel the same way that you do.
You may take advantage of The Odyssey Online in order to give a voice to artists, designers, photographers, writers, musicians or anyone who does independent work.
There are category sections within the Muse dashboard, ranging from Dating to Lifestyles and Sports.
I set out to clarify Irish indentured servitude as different from African slavery and the Gullah language as not broken English.
There might be an issue that you would like to discuss while backing up your argument with evidence.
This can have to do with politics or any other issue.
For me, it was probably what a lot of other Millennials can relate to, which is riding in my parents’ truck, listening to classic rock on the radio. This inspired me to write my article about some of the more saddening songs.
Whether it is #OwnVoices or any other hashtag, it would be worth examining the meaning behind it and who uses it.
They could be used in your sub-headline or be the entire focus of an article.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and perhaps they are right.
This nagging thought may be an article waiting to be written.
This could involve any round-the-clock news or your area of interest.
One of my articles attempts to answer this question and is even named after it. Of course I needed to have a unique slug and metadata title. You would also know that it is my article when the headline picture consists of Jon Snow finally coming to the realization that he really does know nothing.
This may not always have to be your favorite dessert dish, rather it may be a topic that would require serious introspection. This question and the previous question could provide the same answer.
Since I am an English major, I wrote about how analysis is an important skill. It does not just have to answer what you learned from the curriculum, but how your worldview was shaped by it.
This is a fairly easy topic to write about and does not need any explanation.
In an article like that, you could write about how to pinpoint it and how to remedy it. The answer may include confronting any mistakes you made or regrets you have.
I chatted with one of my Group members about how her experience from brain surgery, to going to a Ravens game was an article in of itself.
Before I wrote about an article about sexual health, I wrote mainly about linguistics, film, and literature.
These topics provide an incredibly important part of popular culture as well as attract possible readers who might be searching for what piece of media fascinates or irritates them. This was what made me write about my overall experience reading the “Song of Ice and Fire” series, as well as a character whose psychology fascinated me.
A YouTube video of an Irish Gaelic translation of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” inspired me to write my first article for Odyssey Online.
Always remember that your article could catch his attention if it is resume-friendly.
What argumentation are you trying to make and why is that? Even if it is a ranting article, how can you convince the reader to agree with you? What kind of perspective are you taking?
Perhaps you thought of traveling to Roraima?
This was where I gained the inspiration to write about the link between consumption of pornography and misogyny, since an article I wrote dealing with pornography addiction mentioned that briefly. This answer may require more introspection and writing down many possible titles based on that single topic.
Whether you share the same topic ideas or differ, what really matters is how much you can incorporate collaboration into your portfolio.
In my case, I feel like people confine endangered languages into some National Geographic special and not as a daily reality for a lot of people in this world.
Not only is this a way of keeping up with the deadlines, but it may help when you are struggling to conjure any more topics or you’re preparing for an elaborately long article that might consume an entire month’s worth of research.
This article could involve instructions that are either simple or complicated.
The articles you write might be the answers to your own questions. You could even make your questions into the headline titles, just like I did when pondering whether Pocahontas’ language could have new speakers or engaging the reader’s curiosity of a location they may not be aware existed.
If you are struggling to write any of these topics, you could just randomly pick one.