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How to Write Descriptions of Eyes and Faces (English Edition) di [Kovalin, Val]
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This book is for fiction writers who love physical descriptions of characters.

(Note: both books (1) How to Write Descriptions of Eyes and Faces and (2) How to Write Descriptions of Hair and Skin are now available in a single, unabridged volume for readers interested in both buying both books together at a cheaper price than buying them individually: How to Write Descriptions of Eyes, Faces, Hair, Skin. ASIN: B00670OUGW.)

Here, you get more help than you could possibly imagine on describing eyes and faces. Each section centers on a type of description, such as Eye Color (for example, "Crystal blue eyes"), or Appearance of the Eye (for example, "Beady eyes," or "Bedroom eyes"), or Actions Involving the Eyes (for example, "Darting eyes" or "Gawking"). Each section lists its descriptive terms alphabetically with full explanations. You can read the lists to learn new terms, or you can look up a specific term.

The eye section starts with the location of colors in the iris. Through examples, you learn how physical description starts with an accurate, detailed picture of everything you see, which you condense for your fiction. You learn about the appearance of the eyes, actions involving the eyes, and how to describe eyelids, eyebrows, and eyelashes. All of this leads into more than 2,000 words explaining 82 different color names to assign to eyes that are black, blue, brown, gray, green, hazel, or violet.

The face section shows how to describe facial shapes, forehead, ears, cheekbones, nose, lips, chin, and facial hair, if any. You learn about facial expressions, such as simpering or sneering, and things like the differences between a frown and a scowl.

You also get a section on how the face shows different emotions. For example, you can look up "Anger" and read about common physical signs of anger such as blood rising beneath the skin, the forehead tightening, the eyes narrowing, and the nose wrinkling in disgust.

Who may benefit from this book? Anyone who wants a quick prompt or idea so as not to lose his writing momentum. Readers for whom English is a second language may enjoy the in-depth explanations of American English terms. Authors in genres that demand much physical description (for example, fantasy fiction and romance fiction) may also find this book useful.

How to Write Descriptions of Eyes and Faces is about 15,000 words in total. Thank you for reading.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 72
  • Editore: VK-Now Books; 1 edizione (18 giugno 2011)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B0056HP0WA
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2.0 su 5 stelle Not organized well. 18 maggio 2013
Di FaithfullyM - Pubblicato su
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The main thing I look for in a reference book is the ease in finding the description help. If I go over the one minute search rule, it is not a good reference book, in my opinion. The contents are linked but once you get to that topic, you have paragraphs that you must read to find the description. Maybe if the author incorporated some quick reference lists in the beginning and then, if needed, go into the paragraphs.

Next edition suggestions for the author would be to make it easier for readers to find the descriptions upon first sight of the topic and maybe, have links to related descriptions under the current topic or offer a link back to the contents--anything to make his reference book quicker, would be so helpful. I know most eBooks has a method for you to get back to the contents, but to tap once to go back is so nice.

Yes, it could be rated more stars but the paragraph format is cumbersome and time consuming. I was majorly turned off and find this book in collecting cyber dust in my electronic library.
8 di 8 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Very nice 15 settembre 2011
Di Serene Night - Pubblicato su
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I purchased this after reading about it on the web, and I'm glad I did. This is a well-written little book with some great suggestions on how to improve your writing description of characters. I particularly liked the parts where the author discusses using emotion and how this shows in the muscles of the face and how to make things more descriptive without being cliché. I also liked the author's examples of character description while describing male characters from the books the author has written. I thought the men sounded hot, and I wish I could write that descriptively!

I find it really hard as an amateur writer to sometimes think of describing ordinary things in an original way and this book made it easier. I hope the writer continues and perhaps expands to writing something about general descriptions and how to make them physically appealing or dymanic especially for romance type genre since my stories always contain these elements and coming up with something original while still being attractive is quite hard.

Anyway, I really liked this.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A must have for the New Writer & others Who Love Lists. 14 aprile 2013
Di Fiction Lover - Pubblicato su
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This book is Excellent. As new writers we are told stay away from adverbs and excess adjectives. Ursula K. LeGuin, in her wonderful "Steering the Craft" states: when choosing the correct verb or noun, "the prose will be cleaner, more intense, more vivid."

But herein lies the conundrum, when you are new at "The Craft", and working through the plotting and writing of a first draft, you don't want to labor over each facial expression. At least I don't. But I had considered what was going to happen during revisions.

If we are advised not to state the obvious: He looked angry, surprised, suspicious, curious; then just how do we express these emotions? Of course, through facial expression. But how many times can your characters 'narrow the eyes' or 'furrow the brow'?

Well, Val Kovalin has given us a handy tool to help with the learning curve. Not only does she go into depth with physical descriptions, but she includes a few chapters on facial expressions, actions of the eyes, how the face shows emotion. As far as I know, this is NOT available in books on the Craft of Writing (I have a few).

I had previously bought "The Emotional Thesaurus" and found it to be lacking what I was looking for (which I have explained above).

Now to the criticism that I am sure will arise (perhaps it is already here), that this is something that any writer already knows. (There always seems to be those one star reviews on any book on writing.)

Here is my answer to that: Yes I already KNEW that I needed to expand my vocabulary, and had begun building lists from novels I am reading. Now I can stop doing that. Val includes alphabetical lists of nouns and verbs that you can use to beef up your vocabulary. You cannot imagine how happy I was to read the chapter that not only describes facial expressions, but also links to the New Heritage Dictionary for a definition of every word on the page.

Perhaps after a novel or two under your belt, you have either made these lists or memorized all the permutations of facial expression from beaming to scowling, but I haven't.

In my opinion the in-depth chapters on eye color and facial structure are 'the cherry on top' (gasp, a cliche!) of a very worth wile purchase.

This book is a value at twice the price.

One criticism of the Kindle edition, on a few pages grey dotted lines underscored the text, with the word 'highlighters' and a number at the beginning of the line. I have no idea what this is, or how to get rid of it, and I found it very distracting. I'm new to Kindle and don't particularly like it, as evidenced by the fact that I can't give a page number, because I couldn't find any.

If this book was available in print I would have purchased it that way.

Thanks Val for your hard work organizing this for us.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Like a gift fell out of the sky 26 settembre 2011
Di D. Phillips - Pubblicato su
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This is one of the best writer's tools I have ever invested in. In short, this book basically helps you avoid cliche terms and descriptions that often leave readers bored and gives you alternatives that brings your characters to life and at the same time allows you to be a better writer by improving your methods of description. An incredible writing aid!!
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4.0 su 5 stelle How To Describe Eyes and Faces 5 dicembre 2011
Di ScarletD - Pubblicato su
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This is a handy reference for any writer. The description of facial and eye characteristics and how to use these in a story for character development was very helpful. The pointing out of cliches was helpful. I've bought both books on eyes and face and hair and skin, and sometimes wish there had been a little more descriptions or alternatives suggested, but I guess there's only so much you can do to describe a color or feature. At any rate, both books are good for a writer's library.
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