Paint your world with words is a class I truly enjoy teaching, read on for a taste of what the class offers.

It gives the student a wide range of ways to paint the canvas in different forms. First, we start out with learning that the paint is seen through the eye of the beholder. Then we discuss how to use metaphors and similes to grab the reader’s imagination.

Deep POV comes into play making the characters tug at the heart of the readers. Characters start sharing, using action verbs instead of passive verbs, to bring the page alive and place the reader onto the canvas so they experience what is happening to the main character.

The setting takes the eye of the beholder to another plane on the canvas. Here is an excerpt from the class…

When we as writers think of setting, we think of where the place is but we should also think of when it’s taking place. Setting places us into where our character is living, his/her every day views. Now, we must include what the character sees, such things as what do the buildings look like, what about the furniture, is it sunny, raining, thunderstorms. Also, describe the time of day. Place your reader with the character and use painted action or sensory words to eliminate your surroundings.

Setting can be the focus point in your story or it can merely just set the pace for your character. Always use painted words and your reader will join your character and place their selves into the scene and they will feel what your character feels.

I mention it’s in the eye of the beholder. Now, what does that mean? Here is how I see it with an example. How do we capture description and make it expressive to our reader? It begins within in our eyesight. We have to be the observer of all things around us so we can describe it with breathtaking, painted words.

To do this effectively, one must pay attention to detail with all the senses: sight, touch, and taste, hear, and smell. Writers must use their eyes as a scientist uses a microscope. To do this we have to sit still and take in our surroundings to reveal a vivid, sparkling scene. Now, I am going to describe a ceramic butterfly I have sitting on my desk:

The ceramic mimics the flutter of a butterfly. The speckles of red, yellow, green, and blue dot out to make the butterfly breathtaking. As it flaps its wings, the soft echo of a heartbeat develops. The curvature of the wings vibrates against the objects it lands on. Angular lines of its beauty rest in the eyes of the beholder.

Now, let’s move on to how metaphors, similes, and action verbs helps your writing.

Use action verbs to help create a story that makes the reader want more. An action verb reveals the mental state or physical state of your character or setting.

Examples of action verbs:

  • Assault
  • Cripple
  • Elude
  • Force
  • Gnaw
  • Harass
  • Panic

Now, what are metaphors and similes?

A metaphor is a figure of speech where a word or phrase is used to describe or compare two things that are not related but can be used to compare them in some form.

For example: My sister was boiling mad.

Her voice is music to everybody’s ears.

A metaphor to express a stronger image for the reader. It helps the reader to see what the writer was trying to compare and the resemblance to it.

A simile is a figure of speech that compares two things using “like” or “as.”

For example: She swims like a fish.

Mary is white as a ghost.

It helps the writer to create an image to the reader and compare two things that could be alike in some form.

Metaphors and similes are used to write descriptions to create a world of breathtaking images of setting and characters.

Make sure you use the five senses. Now, what do I mean by that. Well, think about it. We all see, hear, taste, touch, and smell. Well, let’s get that character doing the same thing bringing forth to the reader so then the reader will know and can experience the same thing.

Just remember…

The immense image is what it all comes out to be. The main thing to remember is that you have written a book and now you are trying to make it the best you can by writing your painted words. The tones of your characters make the reader like or hate them.

We will discuss many different ideas to help paint your canvas and make your book stand out and your reader happy. Word painting can be easy but hard at times. You must remember to try to grab the reader’s attention.

Sensory detail and action verbs are the best way to paint your words. They bring a wealth of imagery and make the reader react to your character. They want to know what’s going to happen next.

Therefore, if you want to incorporate this into your writing to bring the character and reader onto the same canvas then take the class and learn all the steps it takes to make your canvas be covered with so many beautiful words that the reader will not be able to put it down.

Melinda is teaching a workshop, How to Paint Your World with Words, starting on June 26.


Melinda WilliamsMelinda lives in the majestic mountains of Arizona. She is a published author of romance, mystery, and paranormal. She also writes articles for Southern Writers Magazine, Native Hoop Magazine, and a former editor for CM Wright Author Services, owner of Red Rock Author Services. When she isn’t creating a suspense story with captivating characters, she can be found reading, writing articles for a magazine, or spending time with her husband Vernon and her kids, Shaelee and Erik.

As a young child, she loved reading and writing. To her own surprise, she started writing and creating her very own world, a place where she could go and lose herself with just a pen and paper.

She grew up with the fascination of the American Indian. Her love for them grew rapidly as she read about them from my history book. She wanted to show, in her writings, of the proud people that the American Indians truly are. They show honor and respect for all living things. If she can capture just a small portion of that in her writings then that would be an added bonus for her.

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