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Friday, November 18, 2011

Words That Show Are Like Paintings That Tell

"Pure Caribbean sunlight fell in sparkling sheets across the freshly-painted counters of the expanded Sugar Mill Gift Shop."

These words show a picture. During my radio interview earlier this week with Neal Steele, on EXTRA 99.1, Neal read this sentence that begins one of the final chapters in my new book, Jungle Jeopardy.
I was pleased that he likes my writing, and his response started me thinking about the importance of visualization in writing.

As writers we struggle to use just the right words to allow the readers to see inside their own minds the images we are attempting to picture. We need for our readers to view the story in the vivid way we are trying so hard to reveal to them through our words. The artist is doing the same thing in a different way because, as artists, we are painting the picture to show our viewer a story.

"The Ponderer" by MM Sikes
I suppose that as writers and as artists we are stimulating the imaginations of our readers. As an art teacher, I love to encourage children to use their imaginations by closing their eyes and seeing images in their minds. After all, words that show are like paintings that tell.

On Sat., Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., I have a book signing at Twice Told Tales, Main St., Gloucester Court House, VA


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Very true.
And that's a nice piece you have there from your work!

Marian Allen said...

Monti, Alex is right--your paintings are beautiful, and so rich! They're stories in themselves.

Nice post. :)

Marian Allen
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