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Writer's Image Palette & Brushstrokes


Kevin McCarthy

on 7 September 2012

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Transcript of Writer's Image Palette & Brushstrokes

Writing as Seeing: What is Imagery? What are Brushstrokes? Writer's Image Palette 1. Turn to "Raymond's Run" in your text. Get out your Writing Journal. Please, thank you.

2. Your challenge is to search the text for no less than 20 IMAGES. Images can be 1-5 words.

3. Write this "Image Palette" in your Writing Journal (15 minutes). This IMAGERY will probably fall into one of the following categories: Character Descriptions Mood Movement/Activity Parts of Speech 1. Use no less than TEN (10) of those images WITH
no less than FORTY (40) of your own words to write
a descriptive paragraph.


2. Look at the example, or model, on your handout.
Try to break down what she did, and use that knowledge
to help you. Have your 30 images? Good job -- now you have
another challenge. BRUSHSTROKES 1. Participles

2. Absolutes

3. Appositives

4. Adjectives Out of Order

5. Action Verbs Brushstrokes: A Way of Writing Example:
"Hissing, slithering, and coiling, the diamond-scaled snakes attacked their prey."

Variation: Participle Phrases
"Hissing their forked red tongues and coiling their cold bodies, the diamond-scaled snakes attacked their prey." A participle is an -ing ADJECTIVE tagged on the beginning or ending of a sentence.
-ing words can be VERBS, but a PARTICIPLE is an ADJECTIVE The ABSOLUTE An absolute is a two-word combination:
A noun and an -ing or -ed adjective added onto a sentence. "Claws digging, feet kicking, the cat climbed the tree."

"The mountain climber edged along the cliff, hands shaking and feet trembling."

Variation: Absolute Phrases

"Feet trembling on the snow-covered rocks, the mountain climber edged along the cliff." Examples The Participle Think of the "brushstrokes" like zooming in with a camera, capturing detail not seen from far away.

Examples, anyone? The Zoom Analogy Up close here, you see the details
in the letters behind.

Bubbles bulging white, the letters
looked like they had holes in them.

Carving faces into the letters, the ragged white
holes looked like tragic jack-o-lanterns. An appositive is a noun that adds a second image to a preceding noun.

A noun that immediately renames a preceding noun. Painting with Appositives YOU TRY "The raccoon enjoys eating turtle eggs."


"The raccoon, scavenger that he is, enjoys eating turtle eggs."

Better, right? Adjectives Out of Order Another Appositive:

A phalanx of ships bore down on Hitler's Europe: fast new attack transports, slow rust-scarred freighters, small ocean liners, channel steamers, hospital ships, weather-beaten tankers, and swarms of fussing tugs. 1. The woman, old and wrinkled, smiled upon her newborn great-grandson with pride.

2. The boxer, twisted and tormented, felt no compassion for his contender.

3. Bending low towards the ground, the cheetah, tired and hungry, locked onto the gazelle, which would soon become her dinner. Action Verbs Active Voice vs. Passive Voice Active Voice:
The old, white-whiskered rancher
rode the runaway horse into town.
shows action
"being" verbs NOT INCLUDED
"to be = is, are, am, was, were, etc.

Can take a "being" verb come alive:

"The gravel road was on the left side of
the barn."

Becomes: "The gravel road curled around the
side of the barn." Passive Voice:
The runaway horse was ridden into town by an old, white-whiskered rancher.

takes a helping verb (to be in "was" form)
usually with the preposition "by"
like a still photograph Your turn:

Prepare a rough draft of your peronsal narrative. You must have in it:

-2 of each brushstroke 1-4

The narrative must occur in the time of one day. Flashbacks welcome.

Use pre-writing tools/previous classwork to assist you with plot development. REVISE YOUR ROUGH DRAFT TO INCLUDE PARTICIPLES!

1.Locate 2-4 -ing words in your rough draft.

2. Re-organize the sentence in which you found the
-ing word so it becomes a PARTICIPLE or PARTICIPLE PHRASE.

3. You may have to do one or more of the following in order to revise.
Re-organize the entire sentence.
Combine two related sentences.
Re-write the entire sentence.
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