Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively
Powerful description is easy to recognize but difficult to achieve. In this extraordinary guide, Rebecca McClanahan leads readers through an exploration of the descriptive writing process, combining direct instruction with engaging word exercises that challenge readers to elevate their writing to new levels of richness and clarity.
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