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Monday, September 22, 2014

Ingrid Sundberg's Color Thesaurus

I am sharing Ingrid Sundberg's Color Thesaurus this week because I found it so wonderful. I'm pretty sure anyone who is reading this loves words as I do. I imagine sometimes I could swim happily in a pool of them - some cold, some hot, some joyful, some sad, some wistful, some eager. I don't think of individual words as a static collection of letters but rather, almost living things, with different personalities and tempos and moods....and none more so than the words that represent colors.

So here, for your reading pleasure, I present:

The Color Thesaurus

I love to collect words. Making word lists can help to find the voice of my story, dig into the emotion of a scene, or create variety.
One of my on-going word collections is of colors. I love to stop in the paint section of a hardware store and find new names for red or white or yellow.  Having a variety of color names at my fingertips helps me to create specificity in my writing. I can paint a more evocative image in my reader’s mind if I describe a character’s hair as the color of rust or carrot-squash, rather than red.
So for fun, I created this color thesaurus for your reference. Of course, there are plenty more color names  in the world, so, this is just to get you started.
Fill your stories with a rainbow of images!
white
Tan
yellow
Orange
Red
pink
Purple
Blue
Green
brown
Grey
black

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