Writing is not a one-size-fits-all craft. There are many different shades of writing. A few days ago I wrote a piece about journaling. I know many people who have tried to keep a journal and decided that it wasn’t for them. If you’re one of those who doesn’t find reward in keeping a journal, don’t let it keep you from writing. Here are some other forms of writing you could do:
Non-fiction: If you love history, politics, religion, or one of hundreds of activities such as: art, athletics, cooking, crafts, music, philosophy, photography, psychology, sociology, and more, you could write articles or even a book about your specialty. Keep in mind, this kind of writing requires more research than creative writing as you’ll be claiming yourself as an expert. But if you have a passion for a topic, the research is part of the pleasure of the process.
Self-help: This category is similar, and still non-fiction in general. Many bloggers write articles that include advice and tips for improving ourselves. Some topics include: arts and crafts, Christianity, family matters, leadership, marketing, relationships, and writing. These writers often use a lot of their own experiences and stories to help explain helpful concepts for real living.
Essay, commentary, and review: I know what you’re thinking. Who in their right mind would want to write an essay? Essays can actually be fun to write. An essay is a short piece of writing that looks at a particular topic in depth. I enjoy writing the occasional commentary piece, which is similar to an essay, but usually points out problems with a specific issue or event. Reviews are also fun. I used to write music reviews for a college newspaper. I got to listen to music and write about it. How fun is that?
Journalism: Writing news stories, either hard or soft, can be challenging and fun. As a communication instructor, I’ve done my share of reading, writing, and teaching journalistic concepts. One advantage to learning journalistic writing is that it teaches us to be clear and concise.
Professional/Technical: If you work in a specific career that requires writing, chances are you’re practicing professional/technical writing or styles of writing for specific trades: business, medical, legal, etc. Writing business plans and advertising campaigns and copy is another area I’ve studied and taught. Although it’s not for everybody, professional writing can be fun.
Script or screenplay: If you’re more creative you might enjoy writing for the theater or film. There are books that can help you learn the ins and outs of screenwriting. During college, I had an interest in screenwriting and read several books about the process. A friend and I met occasionally to work on a screenplay, but we often wound up going to the movies instead. Research?
Poetry and prose: This is my favorite category. Poetry and prose provide creative outlets for your thoughts and feelings. You can choose how deep you want to delve into a subject. Some fictional writers still do loads of research, whereas others base their stories off life experiences. Either way it’s a fun and rewarding writing style.
There are many different shades of writing. I didn’t even cover: letters, speechwriting, songwriting, blogging and more. If you’ve ever had the slightest ambition to write, I encourage you to learn about different types of writing, choose the one that best suits you, and get started.
Question: What’s your favorite type of writing and why? Please post your comments below: