What are they?
Writing can come in many different forms. These forms are the core structural component, framing the length and style of writing.
Within basic forms, there exist sub-forms.
Forms play an important role in what readers read, as individuals have preferences and certain forms receive greater market space.
|Novel ||Relatively long fictional prose presented as a book.|
| Novella ||A shorter form of the novel.|
| Serialised novella ||A novella published in parts, usually in a magazine.|
| Short story ||Fictional prose of a shorter length, able to be read in one sitting.|
| Penny dreadful ||Serial magazines specialising in lurid horror, sold for a penny in the 1830s.|
|Article ||An informing piece that appears within a newspaper or magazine.|
| Feature ||An in-depth article that is a main piece in a newspaper or magazine.|
| Editorial ||An article written by the editor giving a newspaper’s opinion on an issue.|
| Magazine ||A periodical publication with a central theme, containing various articles.|
| Autobiography ||An account of one’s own life.|
| Biography ||An account of somebody else’s life.|
|Speech ||An oral address given publicly to an audience.|
| Report ||An organised document analysing a specific point, made to inform others.|
| Essay ||A piece in which an author lays out an argument on a particular subject.|
| Treatise ||An in-depth essay on the political or religious principles of a subject.|
| Pamphlet ||An unbound information booklet often cover given free and en masse.|
| Review ||An evaluation of another’s work, service, or art.|
|Poem ||A work using imagery, rhythm and the art of language to evoke meaning, rather than full sentences and paragraphs.|
| Ode ||A poem praising a person, object or event which was traditionally performed with music.|
| Ballad ||A lyrical verse set to music, traditionally for dances. Contemporary meaning is a slow powerful love song.|
|Limerick ||A five-line poem, using AABBA rhyming structure, which is usually humorous and rude.|
| Sonnet ||Traditionally an Italian poem with ‘preposition’ and ‘resolution’ verses, it is now a 14-line love poem using ABABCDCDEFEFGG rhymes.|
| Haiku ||A short three-lined Japanese poem, using a 5-7-5 syllable structure, generally using imagery to evoke philosophical thought.|
|Play ||A spoken word drama designed to be performed publicly, incorporating acting rather than reading.|
| Script ||The written form of a play, including dialogue and stage directions, used for rehearsal.|
| Sketch ||A very short single scene piece of writing used to show a character or setting rather than a plot, and now often used for humour and acted.|
|Treatment ||A rough prose version of a story concept that will later be turned into a play or film script.|