Word Painting

Word Painting

by Rebecca Mcclanahan



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582970257
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Series: Guided Journals
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About 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 www.mcclanmuse.com

Table of Contents

1What Is Description?4
2The Eye of the Beholder13
3From Eye to Word: The Description36
4The Nose and Mouth and Hand and Ear of the Beholder62
5Figuratively Speaking: A "Perception of Resemblances"86
6Bringing Characters to Life Through Description114
7The Eye of the Teller: How Point of View Affects Description137
8The Story Takes Its Place: Descriptions of Setting171
9Plot and Pace: How Description Shapes the Narrative Line194
10The Big Picture216
End Notes, Toward A Beginning240
About the Author242
Selected Bibliography243

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Word Painting 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i got this book when it first came out....it is wonderful for "showing and not telling"....a must for any writer's library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
McGrewc on LibraryThing 10 months ago
More for the literary than the genre writer but thought provoking nonetheless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.