• Priyanka Agarwal

70+ content formats writers can use to turn ideas into income


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Because creative expression has no limits


Think your ideas only work as news or feature stories? Never believed you could earn a quick buck by writing résumés? Need innovative ways to present your prose? Here are 70+ content formats you can explore. Because you can do a lot with your craft.


1) News stories

2) Short & long-form features, creative nonfiction

3) Opinion pieces

4) Columns

5) Reviews

6) Essays

- Personal essays

- Third-person essays

7) Listicles & roundups

8) Long & short fiction

9) Personal experiments

10) Travelogues

11) History & biographies

12) Comparison pieces & tables

13) Explainers

- ‘What is’ something

- ‘Difference between’

14) How-to articles

15) Guides & fact boxes

16) Case studies

17) White papers

18) Research

19) Series or serialized stories

20) Profiles

21) Interviews

- Flowing text

- Q&A

22) Photo galleries, slideshows, features & essays

23) Previews

24) Blog posts & guest posts

25) Trend stories

26) Scripts, screenplays, videos, podcasts, video games

27) Oddities

28) Timelines or chronologies

29) Diaries

30) Vox pops

31) ‘As told to’ stories

32) Obituaries & ‘In Memoriam’ stories

33) Scenarios—predictions of future events based on current trends or developments

34) Recipes & demos

35) Poetry

36) Quizzes, puzzles, polls, contests

37) Event fixtures

38) Open & other letters

39) Anything ‘in numbers’

40) ‘A to Z’ stories

41) Live or real-time compilations of news, reviews or updates

42) Press releases, announcements, notifications & circulars

43) Teaching stories (e.g. a full article on a screenwriting trick, card-game move, yoga pose, etc., incl. backstory, demonstration, examples & case studies)

44) Social-media posts, series, campaigns & properties

45) Ad & product copy, classifieds, advertorials

46) Translation

47) Tables, charts, diagrams

48) Infographics

49) Transcripts of commentaries, event panels, talk shows, podcasts, etc.

50) Lyrics & dialogues

51) Website & app content

52) CVs

53) Dating & matrimonial profiles

54) Business & project plans

55) Mission, vision & purpose statements + other organizational systems & documents

56) Catalogues, brochures, manuals & other promotional materials

57) Greeting cards, online greetings

58) Motivational & other quotes (can also be used on T-shirts, footwear, coasters, etc. or as images in themselves)

59) Memes

60) Menus

61) PPT presentations

62) Emailers & newsletters

63) Testimonials

64) Comic strips

65) Sketches & doodles

66) Textbooks & courses

67) Pitches

68) Surveys

69) FAQs

70) User-generated content

71) Encyclopaedias, Wikipedia, dictionaries, etc.

72) Job & gig listings

73) Speeches

74) Invites for events, weddings, etc.

75) Confessions + ‘Overheard at’ stories

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