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Items are the basic building blocks of Writing.Com and your online portfolio. Any form of interaction with other members of Writing.Com is done through some Item type. Post a story or poem, create a contest or perhaps enter one, even join a group. Writing.Com provides a plethora of item types for its members to create and host. Currently there are twenty-two different items available and each one is highlighted individually within the ITEM TYPES section of Writing.Com 101 . Each highlighted item within this section includes its description, examples and uses for them, and specific instructions how to create and maintain these items.
Items allow every member the means to take his or her creativity to new levels. Read over the descriptions of each item type and select the one that best suits your initial idea. Fill out the creation form that opens, save it and your new item will automatically appear in your Writing.Com portfolio. Every item created on Writing.Com will have its own unique seven-digit number automatically assigned when the item is created, making it easy for anyone to access using WritingML or the site's search tools. Each item created on Writing.Com will also display a content rating, specific to that item's intro and body contents. For complete information, please see: "Content Rating System (CRS)" .
Some items are available only to select levels of paid membership and are clearly marked with one of the icons listed below:
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Available Writing.Com Item Types
The following item types are available for creation, dependent on your level of paid membership. Those shown without an image are available to all members:
Static Item: Classic non-interactive, non-changing works containing a single article, poem, essay, interview, short story, fiction, non-fiction, etc. Static Items are the most common Item Type on Writing.Com.
Book: The six (6) types of books include collections, journals, novels, novellas, short stories and handbook.
Message Forum: Interact with the other members of Writing.Com. Ask questions and open discussions, organize fun activities or just sit back and read what everyone else has to write.
Group: Members can share restricted access to items, mail the group as a whole, maintain their own Gift Point balance and much more! Any Writing.Com member may join a group.
Interactive Story: "Choose your own ending" stories started by an Author and continued by any Writing.Com member that wishes to participate. At the end of each chapter, readers are given a few plot choices and must choose the direction of the story. When you come to the end of a storyline, it's your turn to add a chapter!
Audio: Add sound to your novel or post a reading of your poetry or short stories. The Audio Item allows you to upload an audio file from your computer directly into your Writing.Com portfolio!
Campfire Creative: Imagine sitting around a campfire with a group of your friends. The leader of the campfire begins a story that is then passed around the group for their input. With up to 25 participants, you never can tell where these are going to lead!
Community Note (cNote): Create virtual greeting card that can be sent from one member to another! cNotes are individual e-cards designed by members with varying themes, images, wording and Gift Point prices.
Crossword Puzzle: Create clues with corresponding answers and let our system build a crossword for you! Choose the layout that you like best and let the members in the community work at solving your crossword. Crosswords are a great accessory for your newest novel, favorite short story or any other topic you may choose!
Document: Upload DOC and PDF files directly into your portfolio! Both of these file types provide writers with the most flexibility available in formatting their writing. PDFs and DOCs are also the best files for printing work and the formats with which most agents and publishers prefer to work.
Folder: Folders group items together within an author's Writing.Com portfolio. For organization, it may help to keep items of the same genre or item type in the same folder. Other possibilities include grouping items by individual project, novel chapters, creation time, etc.
Image: Add an illustration to your latest short story, upload the cover of your newest book, include a chart and graph with your feature article or just tag a creative signature to your message posts. The Image item allows you to upload an image file from your computer directly into your Writing.Com portfolio.
In & Out: In & Outs are an interactive means for lists or rolling stories and will only show up to the last 100 additions made by members who visited before you. Every time a new addition is made, the last addition on the page will be bumped off. It's IN with the new and OUT with the old!
Madlib: Madlibs are a relaxing, witty diversion from the norm. Authors create a story or situation with missing words and the reader is asked to fill in the blanks. The surprising results can be hilarious!
Photo Album: Upload and store multiple photos within individual items in your portfolio. Larger in size than regular Image Items, photos can be up to 550x550 and uploaded into the album ten at a time! Photos that are too big are automatically downsized to the maximum allowable size.
User Poll: Question the Writing.Com memberbase as a whole with a poll. Provide voters with a short question and up to 9 voting options. In order to vote, the reader must be a member and logged into their account.
Product Review: Review any product with an ASIN from Amazon.Com. While an excellent "exercise" in itself, each Product Review also helps support Writing.Com through our link to buy your reviewed product from Amazon.Com! Writing.Com earns a small commission on any purchases made through these links.
Quiz: Create graded and weighted quizzes for others to take! Can you put together an informative or challenging test? It's not as easy as it sounds.
Shop: Writing.Com provides the storefront and you supply the wares to sell! Create, edit and manage your own shop through your online portfolio just like the rest of your items.
Survey Form: Allow up to 50 different customized questions to be answered by members of Writing.Com. Survey Forms are perfect for doing in-depth research for a paper, soliciting a detailed review for your latest Item and much more.
Web Page: Create your very own web presence with Writing.Com Web Pages. Post a detailed biography, upload your resume or display your favorite item in your choice of format... the creative possibilities are endless! This is the only item where both WritingML and HTML work seamlessly together.
Word Search: Have some fun with your readers using this nifty java applet. Pick a topic and choose up to 25 related words for your readers to find. Use characters from your stories, titles from your folders or just make something up!
If you discover a particular need in a membership level above your current one, you may decide to upgrade to that level. For more information about the benefits of each membership level, please see Free and Paid Membership Benefits and Compare Free and Paid Membership Benefits .
Take a moment to look through the various items following this entry. Pick one, follow the directions to create it, and add it to your Portfolio. Welcome to Writing.Com.1