Writing Prompt 122
Describe what is meant by a bipartisan resolution in Congress.
The talk du jour in politics is the shutdown of the federal government and a looming deadline by which the members of Congress must come to an agreement in order to prevent the United States Treasury from defaulting. After sixteen days of keeping American citizens on edge and causing a substantial number of federal employees to be without work, at least temporarily, rumor has it Congressional officials are ready to implement a “bipartisan resolution.”
Do you know what that means? Do you know what the term involves? Do you think a “bipartisan resolution” can be reached in other disciplines besides politics? Like what? Research, describe, and either provide an opinion or explain this term in more detail.
Nonfiction Writing: Descriptive
In Monday’s prompt, we talked about business profiles and historical accounts as two forms of descriptive writing. There are many other forms, too, including book proposals, nature writing, and information-based blog posts such as product advertorials. Today, I’d like to focus on descriptive writing in personal experiences and book proposals.
Writing about personal experiences or participation with activities is one of the easiest ways to be encouraged to write. No one knows you better than you, so why not tell the world some things about you by sharing your personal interests? One of the best examples I know of someone who has written about personal interests successfully is Nina Amir.
Nina has a son who likes to dance. He has been dancing since he was was three. Nina started capturing her experiences with her son’s dance in and out of classes in 2008 when she Nina created a blog, My Son Can Dance. She followed up in 2011 with her first book on the same subject matter.
What is interesting about Nina’s story is that she didn’t have to go do research or interview people or read the news or do a bunch of extraneous things in order to get her blog up and running. She wrote about her real-life personal participation in her son’s dance education. If Nina can capture her son’s struggles, learning experiences, triumphs, and performances in dance, you can do something similar, too. Remember, there is only one you, and only you are the best person qualified to write about what interests you and your own experiences.
Whether you like fashion, like Keira Lennox, vegetables, like Val Hudgins, or cats, like Kiril Kundurazieff, pick something that interests you and write about your experience or participation in your hobbies!
Another form of descriptive writing is the book proposal. Book proposals are slightly less personalized than the writing used in describing experiences or activities, but are still very descriptive. They are an industry standard for any writer who wants to publish his book traditionally. Writers who want to write a book proposal must either already have a completed manuscript of their book or at least a fleshed-out concept for what their book will be about. Book proposals are generally business documents that describe specific details about a book, its potential market, and a related marketing plan.
The next time, we will talk about instructive writing.
It’s almost time for National Nonfiction Writing Month. Are you ready to take the WNFIN challenge?
Amanda M. Socci is the creator of the 10-month training program for Write Nonfiction in November called “I Know I Can” WNFIN. The first two blog posts of the series explain more about this program and its benefits.
Amanda refers to herself as the Creative Idea Gal because she comes up with original ideas for herself and others. Based in Alexandria, VA, she is a devoted mother of two and a hopeless fanatic of all things creative. Connect with Amanda on Google+ or Twitter.