BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Moon Madness by Andrew Wyeth: art for writers

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A painting by one of the most popular American artists of the 20th century,  Andrew Wyeth (1917 – 2009).

A writing exercise linked to this painting has to be about capturing the atmosphere. And, for that reason, I think it’s also about verbs. They are a powerful and economical way of describing what it feels like to be there: the goal of all good writing. Think about the difference between the knife blew across the street and the wind knifed across the street. Choose the right verb and you don’t always need an adjective. And that’s a good thing because a careless scattering of adjectives makes for flabby, indigestible writing.

 

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2 comments on “Moon Madness by Andrew Wyeth: art for writers

  1. anisioluiz2008
    May 12, 2017

    Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.

  2. bridget whelan
    May 12, 2017

    Thanks for reblogging and boy, that was quick! You managed to do it a couple of seconds after I pushed the publish button…

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