Word Painting Revised Edition

The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively

Word Painting Revised Edition

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.

Word Painting

The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively

Word Painting

"The characters in our stories, songs, poems, and essays embody our writing. They are our words made flesh. Sometimes they even speak for us, carrying much of the burden of plot, theme, mood, idea, and emotion. But they do not exist until we describe them on the page. Until we anchor them with words, they drift, bodiless and ethereal. They weigh nothing; they have no voice. Once we?ve written the first words?"Belinda Beatrice," perhaps, or "the dark-eyed salesman in the back of the room," or simply "the girl"?our characters begin to take form. Soon they?ll be more than mere names. They?ll put on jeans or rubber hip boots, light thin cigarettes or thick cigars; they?ll stutter or shout, buy a townhouse on the Upper East Side or a studio in the Village; they?ll marry for life or survive a series of happy affairs; they?ll beat their children or embrace them. What they become, on the page, is up to us."--Publisher's website.

First Stop

The Master Index to Subject Encyclopedias

First Stop


Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art

A Sourcebook of ArtistsÕ Writings (Second Edition, Revised and Expanded by Kristine Stiles)

Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art

An essential text in the field of contemporary art history, it has now been updated to represent 30 countries and over 100 new artists. The internationalism evident in this revised edition reflects the growing interest in contemporary art throughout the world from the U.S. and Europe to the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Australia.

There's a Word for It (Revised Edition)

A Grandiloquent Guide to Life

There's a Word for It (Revised Edition)

A mischievous and madcap expedition through the depths of the unabridged dictionary promises hilarious word fun for language enthusiasts as it describes a variety of unusual words and their definitions, including such colorful vocabulary as Borborygmus, Colpocoquette, Dishabillophonia, and Snarge. Reissue. 15,000 first printing.

Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures

Word and Image in the Work of Italo Calvino

Painting with Words, Writing with Pictures

Ricci's book ranges widely over Calvino's oeuvre to illustrate the accuracy of the idea articulated by Calvino himself that a visual image lies at the origin of all his narrative. The book's main theme is the difficult interface between word and image that Calvino struggled with throughout his career, the act of perception that rendered visible that which was invisible and transformed what was seen into what is read. Ricci holds that Calvino's narrative has an 'imagocentric' program and that his literary strategy is 'ekphrastic' i.e. it is characterized by literary description of visual representation, real or imaginary. The book is interdisciplinary in nature and will interest not only scholars of literature but also those who work with the visual arts and with information technology.

The Flesh Made Word

The Flesh Made Word