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Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively

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Powerful description is easy to recognize but difficult to achieve. In this extraordinary guide, Rebecca McClanahan leads readers through a fascinating exploration of the descriptive writing process, combining direct instruction with engaging word exercises that challenge readers to elevate their writing craft to new levels of richness and clarity. Includes more than 75 hands-on exercises and features examples...

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Overview

Powerful description is easy to recognize but difficult to achieve. In this extraordinary guide, Rebecca McClanahan leads readers through a fascinating exploration of the descriptive writing process, combining direct instruction with engaging word exercises that challenge readers to elevate their writing craft to new levels of richness and clarity. Includes more than 75 hands-on exercises and features examples from Toni Morrison, Truman Capote, Gustave Flaubert and others.

About the Author:

Rebecca McClanahan has been an accomplished writer, poet and teacher for more than 25 years. She has published three collections of poetry, including The Intersection of X and Y, and her work has been anthologized in Pushcart Prize XVIII and The Best of American Poetry 1998. She has received the PEN/Syndicated Fiction Award, the Carter Prize for Nonfiction and a Governor's Award for Excellence for Education. She lives in New York City.

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Author, poet, and teacher McClanahan combines direct instruction with exercises for sharpening sensory perceptions, describing characters and bringing them to life, establishing point of view, developing a setting, and shaping plot and pace with description. As examples, she uses passages from such classic and contemporary masters as Gustave Flaubert, Virginia Woolf, Truman Capote, and Toni Morrison. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898798616
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 What Is Description? 4
2 The Eye of the Beholder 13
3 From Eye to Word: The Description 36
4 The Nose and Mouth and Hand and Ear of the Beholder 62
5 Figuratively Speaking: A "Perception of Resemblances" 86
6 Bringing Characters to Life Through Description 114
7 The Eye of the Teller: How Point of View Affects Description 137
8 The Story Takes Its Place: Descriptions of Setting 171
9 Plot and Pace: How Description Shapes the Narrative Line 194
10 The Big Picture 216
End Notes, Toward A Beginning 240
About the Author 242
Selected Bibliography 243
Index 246
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