Blogger: Etta Wilson
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What a colorful world we have, especially at this time of year with pink, red, and yellow flowers blooming everywhere. We are all more attracted to color, even hummingbirds who flock to red feeders. In children’s books much emphasis is given to color, starting with simple board books, some of which teach the names of the basic colors. The picture book has become a full-color extravaganza. Although the books are very expensive to print these days, children expect them to be vividly colored after watching color television. Does anybody have even a black and white computer screen?
In reading manuscripts, I often watch for the literal use of color in scenes. Authors can both under-use and over-use color in description and in denoting emotional states. Here are a few examples:
His face was red with rage.
She felt her face grow red with embarrassment.
The blue of police lights pierced the curtains.
She gripped the seat, her knuckles white with fear.
Writers are, of course, individuals with varying color preferences. I work with someone who watches for the color yellow at every turn. Take a look at your web page and your book covers. Is there a dominant color? Have you come to prefer a different color as you move from one stage of life to another? I’m in the green phase now. I gravitate to green clothes on the rack, green salads on the plate, and green carpets on the floor. How about you?