10 Types of Writing That Don’t Involve Books

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Not all types of writing have to end with a book. In fact, there are plenty of ways to dabble in writing, try one (or more) of these on your next writing ...

All types of writing can be powerful and helpful to the writer and anyone who may come across the work. But not all types of writing have to end with a book. In fact, there are plenty of ways to dabble in writing that doesn’t eventually get bound and wrapped in a book cover. If you’re feeling a little unsure about where to start your writing journey, try one (or more) of these 10 types of writing:

1. Article Writing

Lots of writers make a living by penning articles, newspapers, magazines, online outlets, or for internal communications to employees. If you’re interested in making a career out of writing without publishing a book, this is a great way to dive in.

2. Blog Posts

Whether you publish posts on your own website or produce them for clients’ websites, writing blogs can be a fun way to work writing into your life without having to devote yourself to a full manuscript.

3. An Essay

This term doesn’t only apply to the papers you turned in to your English teacher, it also is the name of a short piece of writing on a specific subject. So, if you chose to write a few pages of information about the Titanic, that would be considered an essay. 

4. Goals List

When you write down your goals and dreams you’re more likely to achieve them. Plus, getting those thoughts out of your head and on paper helps you start to make them a reality. 

5. Regular Journaling

The beauty of journaling is no one ever needs to see the writing you produce in your journal —and the type of journaling you do is completely up to you. If your journal practice includes only a bulleted list for each day, that’s great! If you take extra pages to work out your feelings on paper, keep going! Journaling can be anything and everything you need it to be.

6. Poetry

Poetry can be written in so many places without ever becoming a book. You can post your poetry on social media, handwrite it on a piece of paper and leave it for your special someone to find. Your poetry can become a song or just something you use to brighten another person’s day.

7. Scrapbooking

Pictures without words make the photo a bit of a mystery. Scrapbooking wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t add captions and reshare special stories throughout the pages.

8. Scriptwriting

If you love movies or stage performances, try your hand at a screenplay or a play meant for a live performance. 

9. Short Story

If you are interested in writing a book but don’t know if you have a whole manuscript in you just yet, you can experiment with short story writing and work your way up to larger word counts.

10. Greeting Cards

If you’ve ever struggled to find the perfect card for someone in the card aisle at the store, next time purchase some really nice, thick paper and envelopes and write your own greeting card for friends and family.

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Erika Bennett is the Content Manager for Xulon Press. She has worked in the publishing industry for more than a decade and her passion is to make sure great books find their way into readers' hands. You can also find her writing on XulonPress.Substack.com.

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