You'll Love This Book If:
- You want to learn about descriptive writing
- Your story needs more description and details
- You're looking for word exercises to teach you how to write descriptively
Like the brushstrokes of a painting, words can transform the blank page into a multi-dimensional world. Word Paintingcombines direct instruction with intriguing word exercises to teach you how to "paint" evocative descriptions that capture the images of your mind's eye and improve your writing.
Drawing on more than 25 years as an award-winning author, poet and teacher, Rebecca McClanahan defines effective description as three basic concepts--eye, word and story. Beginning with eye, you'll sharpen your sensory perceptions through exercises including note taking, journaling, sketching, eye searches--even "I searches." Moving forward to word, McClanahan shows you how to describe what you experience with clarity, accuracy and, above all, imagination. You'll learn to use action-based words, effective figures of speech and lively, musical language to develop a stronger descriptive style.
In the story section, you'll learn that description can be a unifying force in your fiction, nonfiction or poetry. You'll link characters to setting, drama to point of view--and you'll gain control over your work's structure and pacing.Passages from classic and contemporary masters such as Gustave Flaubert, Virginia Woolf, Truman Capote and Toni Morrison offer you inspiring examples of description, and McClanahan also includes the advice of writers and poets from Aristotle to William Stafford.
Like painting, description is an art form. With its provocative insight, instruction and exercises, Word Painting will help you elevate your writing craft to new levels of richness and clarity.
About the Author
Rebecca McClanahan has published ten books—of poetry, essays, writing instruction, and memoir—most recently The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Sun, and numerous anthologies. McClanahan’s awards include the Wood Prize from Poetry, a Pushcart Prize in fiction, the Carter Prize for the Essay, the Glasgow Award in nonfiction, literary fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council, and a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and teaches in the MFA programs of Rainier Writing Workshop and Queens University.
What Other Writers Are Saying About Word Painting:
"Beautiful cover! While not reading the book, one can place it against the bookcase shelve as artwork. The writing is alive and vibrant, with easy to follow flowing words that actually makes one feel comfortable reading while learning. I recommend it, and I am just a beginning writer." — Norma Iris
"Just as an artist seeks to capture the essence of the subject being painted, the writer can learn to capture the essence in words. This book shows how." —JM Fisher
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