Word Painting

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Writer's Digest Books, Aug 15, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 256 pages
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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 as a unifying thread.
 

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Contents

What Is Description?
4
The Eye of the Beholder
13
From Eye to World The Description
36
The Nose and Mouth and Hand and Ear of the Beholder
62
Figuratively Speaking A Perception of Resemblances
86
Bringing Characters to Life Through Description
114
The Eye of the Teller How Point of View Affects Description
137
The Story Takes Its Place Descriptions of Setting
171
Plot and Pace How Description Shapes the Narrative Line
194
The Big Picture
216
END NOTES TOWARD A BEGINNING
240
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
242
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
243
INDEX
246
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About the author (2000)

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

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