I was flicking through some photos taken on our holiday last year and I realised some of the most appealing were those that were alive with colour. The colours were so reminiscent of the trip that just looking at the photos transported me back to the places these photos were taken.In turn this tuned into other senses. The smell of the spices in the markets or the floral scents from the flowers. The voices of the street sellers and the cool, slightly uneven, surface of the tiles. It started me thinking about how I write colour into my stories.
Do you use colours as simple adjectives or do you seek creative ways to describe colours in new ways? How important is it to you to paint these images for your readers?
“Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgandy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.”
"The world is a carousel of color.”
I like to stimulate the senses when I write so I do pay attention to the way I describe touch and smell, think I'm going to add colour to that list as well now. I am going to start a colour notebook (we love our notebooks don't we!) so that I can jot down imaginative ideas for future use.
Recently Deanie Humphrys-Dunne at Thoughts and Ideas nominated me for the colourful 'Sunshine Award.' Thank you Deanie for thinking about me! I was given a similar award a short while ago so I am posting a link to that post HERE.