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.
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
|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|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
i got this book when it first came out....it is wonderful for "showing and not telling"....a must for any writer's library.
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.
More for the literary than the genre writer but thought provoking nonetheless.
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.