Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively [NOOK Book]

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Let Rebecca McClanahan guide you through an inspiring examination of description in its many forms. With her thoughtful instruction and engaging exercises, you'll learn to develop your senses and powers of observation to uncover the rich, evocative words that accurately portray your mind's images. McClanahan includes dozens of descriptive passages written by master poets and authors to illuminate the process. She also teaches you how to weave writing together using description ...

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Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively

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Overview

Let Rebecca McClanahan guide you through an inspiring examination of description in its many forms. With her thoughtful instruction and engaging exercises, you'll learn to develop your senses and powers of observation to uncover the rich, evocative words that accurately portray your mind's images. McClanahan includes dozens of descriptive passages written by master poets and authors to illuminate the process. She also teaches you how to weave writing together using description as a unifying thread.

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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: 9781599634517
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 449,840
  • File size: 431 KB

Meet the Author

Rebecca McClanahan's tenth book, The Tribal Knot, a multi-generational memoir, is forthcoming from Indiana University Press in 2013. Other books include The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, winner of the Glasgow Prize in nonfiction, and Deep Light: New and Selected Poems. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize anthology, The Kenyon Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Sun, and numerous anthologies. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize in fiction and the Wood Prize from Poetry, McClanahan teaches in the MFA programs of Queens University and Rainier Writing Workshop.

Please visit her website at mcclanmuse.com

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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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  • 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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