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McClanahan's Word Painting is a book I plan to re-read many times and use in my classroom when I teach Creative Writing: Short Fiction . She delivers what she promises in her subtitle: "A Guide to Writing More Descriptively

McClanahan's Word Painting is a book I plan to re-read many times and use in my classroom when I teach Creative Writing: Short Fiction again in the near future. Let me point out that the subtitle of the book, which focuses on description, is a major understatement. She delivers what she promises in her subtitle: "A Guide to Writing More Descriptively. I would also call Word Painting a Rosetta stone guide to overcoming writer's block, since by unmasking the secrets of writing descriptively, McClanahan instructs writers on the very problem areas that halt us mid-way (or sometimes at the very beginning) of our stories.

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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. Издание: 1st. Издательство: Writers Digest Books.

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Let Rebecca McClanahan guide you through an inspiring examination of description in its many forms. Word Painting by Rebecca McClanahan is, without a doubt, one of the best writing related books I have ever purchased. Oh, other reference books have come and gone - mostly to an auction site or a used bookstore - but Word Painting is one that stays on my shelf and won't be going anywhere. Is it a book heavy on technical information? Absolutely.

In Word Painting, Rebecca McClanahan guides readers through an intriguing examination of description in its many forms. Through her thoughtful instruction and engaging exercises, readers will learn to tap into their senses, develop their powers of observation, and uncover the rich evocative words that accurately portray the images in their mindis eye. She includes dozens of descriptive passages written by master poets and authors to help readers develop their own descriptive writing style, and she also teaches how to weave writing together using description as a unifying thread. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate

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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.


Comments: (7)

Nahn
This book has all that a writer's guide should have. It really goes Deep into the subject of Writing descriptively, and i Think that if you read this you will write much better.

The book contains many Writing exercises, and i Think those are really good. If you use them, your "Writing Engine" will start working and you might write really good stuff.

Also, the author of this book has her own voice; this isnt just a flat out "how to"- guide - it's really personal and enjoyable. You dont just learn things from it, but you really like Reading it too.

5 stars for this book because of all this!

I recommend it to ANY aspiring writer. It's a must-have!
Dori
By buying this book, I thought that the writer will teach us how to use our five senses. She did, but also at the same time the author did much more. She has been showing us how to write a good novel. Her voice was fresh.
I picked up on new tips to good writing. Also, I loved a presentation of different forms of figurative speech (many other books just mention metaphors and similes).
She did include things that are known to writers who studied the craft but illuminated each part from another angle.
Each chapter at the end included some helpful hints that you can apply in your writing.
It's a great guide for new novelists or the ones that would like a review in an interesting voice.
Uriel
Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively Seems to be more of a textbook genre, meant to teach a budding author how to fill out the bare bones of the story outline. Could in fact be used as a textbook in Composition classes. I was hoping for a resource book with an easier format to quickly find hints for various subjects to be described, using outlines, or topic lists, etc. to add to my growing library for making stories come alive. I am sure it will be a valuable resource when I have time to wade through it. I am sure the author meant it to be a more in depth book than I perceived it to be.
Άνουβις
I am currently writing a short story for submission in a couple of weeks, and was encountering some issues in my writing. Last week, I visited a local bookstore in Iowa City, and while leafing through a few pages realized Rebecca McClanahan had written a book on precisely the important writing area I had questions about: description. I ordered a copy last week, received it two days ago, and finished reading the text today.

I cannot express how much McClanahan's own writing throughout the text serves as a positive example of fine descriptive writing. In Word Painting, McClanahan's own ability to write descriptively empowers her to explain subtle concepts -- e.g. how to convey a sense of smell to a reader -- to aspiring creative writers. I have read and taught from many creative writing texts, but need to share that only half-way through Word Painting I can vouch that in this text you have a Master Teacher and Master Writer sharing wonderful examples with 100% expertise and knowledge. It's not that these writing lessons aren't contained elsewhere -- although many illuminating ideas are indeed contained in Word Painting! -- but that Rebecca McClanahan has the ability to communicate all of her lessons in such beautiful and concise prose, that you say "Yes, I get it now. That's what those other well-known authors were trying to say." Her prose is simply delicious to read. She showcases what she teaches in every sentence!

McClanahan's Word Painting is a book I plan to re-read many times and use in my classroom when I teach Creative Writing: Short Fiction again in the near future. Let me point out that the subtitle of the book, which focuses on description, is a major understatement. Word Painting is a tremendously valuable primer on the art of writing itself, not just description. Word Painting is as much a primer on setting (place and time), plot, scene and summary building, and other key elements of fiction, as it is description. But what makes Word Painting masterful is that McClanahan never loses sight of her goal to teach how to write masterful description. She delivers what she promises in her subtitle: "A Guide to Writing More Descriptively."

I would also call Word Painting a Rosetta stone guide to overcoming writer's block, since by unmasking the secrets of writing descriptively, McClanahan instructs writers on the very problem areas that halt us mid-way (or sometimes at the very beginning) of our stories.

Incidentally, the only way anyone can give this text lower than a five-star rating, is that the person hastily skimmed the text and wrote a disparaging review simply as a performative act to sound smart. (The kind of hasty reading every graduate student who is unable to keep up with his or her reading load does, that leads this kind of reader to critique a book in the classroom he or she has never actually read, let alone read closely.) Even if you've read EVERY book on writing, you will learn new ways of seeing from Word Painting. I can understand if a midlevel reader would accidentally give the book a 4-rating, but again, I think this would be a great error. To an experienced eye, one can see the countless fiction-creating treasures Rebecca McClanahan provides young writers in her excquisitely organized and written book.

If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. It's that great. I place Word Painting on the top ten list of any writer's workbench: professional, journeyman, or amateur. I will re-read McClanahan's book many times, and will enjoy every delicous word of her prose again and again. What a magnificent book on writing! Please write more of them Ms. McClanahan. You are simply a superb teacher I can't stop admiring!

Sincerely grateful for Rebecca McClanahan's book,
Dr. Ervin Nieves
Unereel
So glad I purchased this book. I found RM's insights extraordinary. I've read several books on the craft of writing; this book stands out because she takes the time to break down specific moments in your WIP and make that scene/paragraph/line come to life. I keep the book within reach and reference often.
Visonima
This is an excellent book but I have one disagreement with Ms. McLanahan: at page 109 she criticises Ian Fleming's mixed metaphor: "Bond's knees, the Achilles' heel of all skiers, were beginning to ache."

On the contrary, I find that a cute metaphor. Fleming, I suggest, deliberately takes the literal knees---a few inches distant from the metaphorical heels--and gives us a deliciously contradictory image: imagine a knee having its own Achilles' heel--meaning its own peculiar hydraulic weakness. Great! Love it, Ian!

In the margin of my copy, I wrote "I disagree".

Sorry I've only just got to know of this fine book, apparently published a decade or more ago.

Congratulations to the author. The best description about description.

Carl Moore
Barbados
Alexandra
McClanahan nails it with this book. For any writer who thinks that writing description is easy, s/he has not read this book. This is an excellent guide for writers at all levels and should be in the writer's reference library, well dog-earred!
This is a book aimed at improving your writing -- and your appreciation of the versatility of the English language. I have read it with great interest and keep it on hand for reference. The author writes with clarity, and she's well organized, teaching in a logical order with each topic thoroughly explored. I have found the book most enjoyable.
Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively download epub
Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Author: Rebecca Mcclanahan
ISBN: 0898798612
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Language: English
Publisher: Writers Digest Books; 1st edition (March 15, 1999)
Pages: 250 pages