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Sunday, June 29, 2008

I am really pleased to recommend Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively, by Rebecca McClanahan. It is entertaining reading as well as being packed with excellent examples and exercises. McClanahan rewrites examples to show how the text might have been written and how the emphasis is changed and the life stolen by good but not stellar discription. Often less is more, and a variety of tools breathes life into even the blandest environment.

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