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Static Item
Static Items are the most commonly found items on Writing.Com (WdC). People put their stories, poems, chapters, essays, articles, etc. within static items. They are the most versatile items on this site, and the item you are most likely to use.

When creating a Static item, you have several options for the "type" of static you are creating. They are listed in alphabetical order:
*Bullet* Appendix: supplementary material usually attached at the end of a piece of writing
*Bullet* Article: a non fictional prose composition usually forming an independent part of a publication (as a magazine)
*Bullet* Assignment: a task or post of duty
*Bullet* Bulletin: a brief public notice issuing information
*Bullet* Chapter: a main division of a book
*Bullet* Column: one in a usually regular series of newspaper or magazine articles
*Bullet* Critique: an act of criticizing; especially : a critical estimate or discussion
*Bullet* Documentary: a factual and objective presentation
*Bullet* Draft: a preliminary version of the item; choose another subtype for the final version
*Bullet* Editorial: a newspaper or magazine article that gives the opinions of the editors or publishers; also, an expression of opinion that resembles such an article
*Bullet* Essay: an analytic or interpretative literary composition usually dealing with its subject from a limited or personal point of view
*Bullet* Fiction: generic term for something invented by the imagination
*Bullet* Interview: a report containing information obtained (as by a reporter, television commentator, or pollster) from a person
*Bullet* Letter/Memo: a direct or personal written or printed message addressed to a person or organization
*Bullet* Lyrics: the words of a song
*Bullet* Monologue: a literary composition written in the form of a soliloquy (the act of talking to oneself)
*Bullet* Non-fiction: literature that is not fictional
*Bullet* Novel: an invented prose narrative that is usually long and complex and deals especially with human experience through a usually connected sequence of events
*Bullet* Novella: a work of fiction intermediate in length and complexity between a short story and a novel
*Bullet* Outline: a condensed treatment of a particular subject or a summary of a written work
*Bullet* Poetry: metrical writing arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm
*Bullet* Preface: the introductory remarks of a speaker or author
*Bullet* Prose: writing distinguished from poetry by its greater variety of rhythm and its closer correspondence to the patterns of everyday speech
*Bullet* Review: a written critical report on some type of work
*Bullet* Sample: a representative part or a single item from a larger whole or group especially when presented for inspection or shown as evidence of quality
*Bullet* Script/Play: the written text of a stage play, screenplay, or broadcast
*Bullet* Serial: a publication issued as one of a consecutively numbered and indefinitely continued series
*Bullet* Short Story: an invented prose narrative shorter than a novel usually dealing with a few characters and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plot
*Bullet* Thesis: a dissertation embodying results of original research and especially substantiating a specific view; especially : one written by a candidate for an academic degree
*Bullet* and Other

If you are interested in checking out Static Items, including stories, poems, essays, etc., by other members, you can find them by clicking on Browse by Type in the navigation menu under the Writing.Com logo and choosing Static Items. If you are searching for a specific item, use the site-wide search box at the top of any page. This box accepts six- and seven-digit item ID numbers and keywords.

Static items are created just like any other item type on Writing.Com. There are two methods for creating and saving statics. You can select the Create New Item link in the navigation under the Writing.Com logo, which opens a window listing items that may be created. Select Static Item. Or, you can go to your Portfolio and select Create Item just below your Portfolio tab. Select Static Item from the links that drop down. In either case, follow the instructions in the Create a Static Item window. For a detailed explanation of creating a static item, please see "Create/Edit a Static Item.1

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