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Word Painting Revised Edition

The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively

Rebecca McClanahan


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Paint Masterful Descriptions on the Page

Writing strong descriptions is an art form, one that you need to carefully develop and practice. The words you choose to describe your characters, scenes, settings, and ideas--in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction--need to precisely illustrate the vision you want to convey. Word Painting Revised Edition shows you how to color your canvas with descriptions that captivate readers. Inside, you'll learn how to:

- Develop your powers of observation to uncover rich, evocative descriptions.
- Discover and craft original and imaginative metaphors and similes.
- Effectively and accurately describe characters and settings.
- Weave description seamlessly through your stories, essays, and poems.
You'll also find dozens of descriptive passages from master authors and poets--as well as more than one hundred exercises--to illuminate the process. Whether you are writing a novel or a poem, a memoir or an essay, Word Painting Revised Edition will guide you in the creation of your own literary masterpiece.

Writer's Digest Books, 9781599638683, 272pp.

Publication Date: December 12, 2014

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.