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Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2005

    A great companion book to John Gardner's Art of Fiction

    I need only three books on my shelf on how to write: Aristotle's Poetics, John Gardner's Art Of Fiction, and Word Painting by Rebecca McClanahan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2003

    Great book for writers

    i got this book when it first came out....it is wonderful for "showing and not telling"....a must for any writer's library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2002

    Awesome find for any aspiring writer

    I recently purchased this book and have yet to finish it. But just through the first few chapters, my writing has improved ten times over. She has a way of forcing you to see the world through unique eyes every writer should have. Every writer should also own a copy of this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2013

    There may be some helpful points here, and the author certainly

    There may be some helpful points here, and the author certainly has a way with words. Yet, I feel that helpful pointers are buried in pages of information leaning toward mysticism, with talk of one's third eye, etcetera. Is it really impossible to create better descriptions without a daily meditation session requiring that one empties his or her mind completely? In the end, I felt there was less useful information than useless, at least for me.

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    Word Painting

    This title is an excellent addition to a creative writing collection for high school students. The text is readable with interesting examples and significant exercises that appeal to a wide audience of budding young writers.

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