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Describe an Awkward First Date|
Val Kovalin, BellaOnline's Fiction Writing Editor
Take the following text writing prompt: Describe AN awkward first date. Notice how it does not say, “Describe YOUR most awkward first date.” The secret to a successful text prompt is to make the wording a bit loose and open-ended so you are not limited to your own experiences
Finding Books Based on Appeal|
Christine Sharbrough, BellaOnline's Library Sciences Editor
Nothing is more difficult than trying to find a perfect book for a patron who reads a genre that you do not. Fortunately, there are several tools that one can turn to to find answers (hopefully) to those questions.
Career Features - Full Listing
How to Write a Memoir – First Steps
Take your first steps in writing your memoir.
What to Bring On Your First Day of Work
First day on the new job? The first day is scary enough without unnecessary worry. Take the worry out of the first day jitters with this list of “must-haves”.
Focusing on Your Goals While Unemployed
When you are unemployed, maintaining focus on your own goals may be a challenge for many reasons. Focusing on your own goals will help you get there faster and will help keep you from feeling overwhelmed as you try to do everything for everyone else.
E D I T O R R E C O M M E N D E D |
The Chicago Manual of Style
All writers need this whether they write fiction or nonfiction. Every editor I have worked with uses this book like a Bible to settle formatting, punctuation, and word usage issues for overall consistency within their publishing catalog.
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
A funny, unpretentious, sympathetic look at the writing life. The section on allowing yourself to write a crappy rough draft (so you can get it done in the first place) is worth the price of the book alone.
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
Best historical novel ever, and I don´t even like most historical novels. Epic and unforgettably intense! Among other things, reading this will teach you how to hook your readers through writing strong character emotion.