If writing were a food, writing would be sliced bread—the greatest invention ever, right? There is reason to think so. You can put just about anything between 2 slices of bread, and hand it to someone else for their enjoyment, nourishment, and a unique sandwich experience. I’ll make my Dad a healthier option by tucking in eggplant, cucumber, and sprouts between wheat breads with cheese on the side while my brother prefers sliced bread when I cake on the marmite with the last avocado—and I can usually tell when it’s time to cater to that kid who can’t deal with anything other than creamy peanut butter and strawberry jelly if the Nutella is out. Either way, properly sliced sprouted bread is universal, only the contents inside need customization.
Similarly, writing can be appreciated as a form of communication by everyone, for any industry, for many audiences. We shove a lot of different things like poetry, essays, photo captions, blog posts, prefaces, and accounting spreadsheets underneath this blanket term ‘writing.’ And so it is as versatile as sliced bread—not even limited to be used for a sandwich. French toast may be its destiny, or the bready side to a French and Onion Soup. Unfortunately in some households, it is neglected, crafted poorly and left in the drawer to mold. Though, most people can find at least one type of bread to their fancy—at least one type of writing to their use. It’s just important to remember who your audience is, what they’re looking for inside the bread, and whether you want to deliberately switch up that recipe.