I saw this in March 2009 The Writer Magazine.
Test your aptitude as a writer.
Grab a timer. For each genre listed below write for five minutes.
The topic is … dessert.
• News Article
• Magazine feature
• Promotional copy (press release or ad copy)
• Instructional copy (step-by-step instructions)
• Play/screenplay (two characters, one scene of dialogue)
• Fiction/poetry (short story or poem)
Obviously in five minutes you won’t get an entire magazine feature or short story, but the ease with which your writing flows and the quality of the piece might reveal your natural talent.
Tell me which genre was your best and feel free to post what you wrote. I’ll be thrilled to see your efforts!