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Writing.Com provides a plethora of item types for its members to create. Here you'll find the tools every writer needs to take his or her creativity to new levels. Read over the descriptions of each item type and click 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.
Writing: Non-Interactive
Static Item
These are 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.

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. (Premium Membership required.)

Book
The six (6) types of books include collections, journals, novels, novellas, short stories and handbook. For more information on each, please read: Book Item Sub Types. (Upgraded Membership required.)

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. (Premium Membership required.)

Product Review
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.


Writing: Interactive
Message Forum
Start a forum and 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. Additionally, this is a great format for hosting contests. (Basic Membership required.)

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
Create an e-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. (Upgraded Membership required.)

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!

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.

Crossword Puzzles
Have a topic that you would like to turn into a crossword? Create your clues with their corresponding answers and let our system build your 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!

Interactive Story
Interactive Stories are "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!

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. (Upgraded Membership required.)

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!

Survey Form
Survey Forms allow up to 50 different customized questions. These are perfect for doing in-depth research for a paper, soliciting a detailed review for your latest Item and much more. (Upgraded Membership required.)

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!

Quizzes
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.


Writing: Visual Aids
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 (10) at a time! Photos that are too big are automatically downsized to the maximum allowable size. (Premium Membership required.)
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! (Upgraded Membership required.)

Writing: Audio Aids
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! (Professional Membership required.)

Writing: Organization
Portfolio 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. (Basic Membership required.)

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