Sunday, June 08, 2008
Do You Write about a Colorless World?
We just repainted two green rooms apricot and my mood lifted immediately. I feel entirely differently on entering these rooms now. And I wonder why I don't use color more in my writing. If I describe a woman as having an apricot bedroom, you'd think about her differently than if I said her bedroom was red or even blue. But other then the occasional description of a car or dress color, it's absent from my writing.What about yours?
In my case, perhaps it's because in short stories we have little time for such descriptions. Colors, sounds, textures are left out.
As readers we make our way to adult novels through picture books where color is very important. When does the need for color in our stories leave us? Is there a point when we can paint the canvass ourself? Do any writers use color more effectively than others? Blood red aside.