[All Atlanta Ballet work featured was created in an academic setting in order for us students to practice Public Relations writing skills in PR 3375. As students, we were told to choose real world clients. None of the work was created by the featured organization(s) or was sold for monetary gain. Additionally, the 365 Atlanta Family PR materials were created as a part of my Honors Capstone project, a promotional campaign called "Sense 365." To view the campaign, click below.]
Throughout high school, the only writing I knew was creative writing. I knew how to grab my reader's attention and hold onto it, but there was no purpose behind my writing. It was purely for entertainment. That changed once I made it to college, though, and started writing for the Odyssey. I'll admit, I have a love/hate relationship with the site and it's lessening credibility, but I learned a lot about writing quality work and meeting deadlines. Through the Odyssey and various Communications School writing classes, I strengthened my grammar and my ability to write more efficiently (for instance, by writing with the inverted pyramid and using AP style). I took a break from writing after finishing a full year of writing/six months of copy-editing for the Odyssey.
Now, though, after a period of journalling, studying and brainstorming topics that dig deeper than what the Odyssey's broken incentive system demanded of me, I've begun writing again. Now, I know know that spiritual content isn't exactly what companies are looking for, but it's what challenges me the most as a writer. Writing spiritual content requires balancing convicting language with offensive language, referencing scripture and other credible sources to back up my claims and realizing that my words can affect the way my reader perceives the various aspects of Christian faith.
I didn't create my current blog for any publicity or recognition; in fact, nobody knows about it. I created my blog to hold myself accountable with writing regularly and thoroughly, to continue to develop and strengthen my writing skills and to organize my thoughts in one place. As a bonus, I now have my spiritual growth and scriptural insights documented.
Here are a few of my favorite pieces from my days as a Content Creator for the Odyssey: