Perfect Phrases for College Application Essays by Sheila Bender is a wonderful book if you are just starting the writing process and looking for prompts to give you a jump-start. As Sheila wrote in her introduction to this gem,
“The ‘perfect phrases’ in the title does not mean you have to use the phrases included here exactly as they’re given. Rather, these are meant to stimulate and inspire and provide examples of what works that you can modify and make your own.
Sheila provides in this books options, choices, and thought tools to motivate you as you respond to the Common Application essay questions and other questions commonly asked in college applications. In addition she shows the techniques that will enliven your writing. I recommend this book highly.