Thursday, March 03, 2011

Colorful Writing

Today I'm going for some visuals.

Writers don't have the luxury of visuals. We must convey color in our writing. We do that with descriptions, mood, emotions, the weather...

Below are some ways to use color to convey these things.


We all associate yellow with flowers - growth and spring.

Yellow can also be classic and illumionous.

It can be vibrant and convey energy.


Blue can convey a beautiful day.

It can also show strength and power.

It can convey peace and flowing.


Red is vibrant and alive.

It also causes things to stand out and attract attention.

Red also conveys mystery.


Green is associated with plants and growth.

It is also refreshing and moist.

Green also conveys energy and movement.


Orange is most often associated with fall and changes.

It can cackle with energy and spark.

It can convey bounty and plenty.


Purple is the color or royalty.

It conveys passing and closure.

It is like a blast of cold heat and power.

And it conveys softness and magic.

How are you coloring your words today?


  1. Quite a change from your usual, I loved the the photo's and the colours to me were very refreshing
    Thanks for sharing.


  2. Pink
    Conveys girly energy and silly that I am painting words in pink lately

  3. The concert photos are cool!

  4. ooh, I love this post and all the colors! Very inspiring.

  5. Hmmmm---this is a colorful post. I don't pay too much attention to color sometimes and probably should do so more often.

    Tossing It Out

  6. I love all the colors in this post!

  7. I'm a big fan of color thought today I'm grey. Maybe ‘cause I can’t get rid of this darn chill.

  8. Thanks everyone! Sorry, I've been gone ALL day for a seminar. Back home and ready to collapse. Will catch everyone tomorrow morning!

  9. Being at artist at heart this post spoke to me. We all see color even if in words, some realize it, some don't and some of us see rainbows. Great post. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  10. Wonderful visuals. I just got an idea to add some color to the scene I'm working on. Thanks!

  11. Hi Diane .. sunny yellow today - what a difference a day makes - frosty cold yesterday!

    Hope your seminar was successful and fun .. and enjoy your colourful weekend .. Hilary

  12. What an excellent post! loved it! made me happy!

  13. I learned a while ago that Van Gogh used yellow in his paintings to convey God. As he became more and more frustrated with people's actions toward God and to others, his yellow became distorted and all but disappeared.

    Interesting post--and we can use color in our writing in many ways. Thanks, Diane! It's been a while.


  14. Very nice article, Diane. I'm very aware of color and use it frequently to set the mood in my life. I have used descriptions in my writing too.

    I liked your pictures. Well chosen. :-)

  15. My Cozy keeps having yellow pop up. I think of it as a perky people color...Sunflowers, sunSHINE...

  16. Still chilly here Hilary.

    Hi Michele! I never knew that.

    Thanks, Sia! I just went through my portfolio looking for color.

  17. Loved this post! I have a book I love that includes a chapter with color descriptives in it. It is Describer's Dictionery. If anyone is interested in my review of it , contact me at There is a contact tab at the top of the home page.

    Carolyn Howard-Johnson
    Blogging writers' resources at Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites pick

  18. Oh, I just loved these pictures! Makes me wish I could integrate pictures more into my writing. Maybe with color e-readers we'll be seeing more pictures embedded or linked inside of books that wouldn't normally have pictures - teen and adult fiction - since it doesn't cost so much to produce! (read your earlier post too talking to Elana, Talli and LJ - yup e-readers really will change everything!)

    I'm a new follower and a crusader still slowly getting around to meet everyone.

  19. Wow - so brilliantly and vividly done, Diane!

    Marvin D Wilson