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The Color Thesaurus

Perfect inspiration for writing about color!

Ingrid's Notes

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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2 thoughts on “The Color Thesaurus”

  1. I philosophically observe that while obviously there are subtle shades in differences, one big use is to load your language.

    Consider the differences between heroines dressed in a snow-white gown, or salt-white, or bone-white, or swan-white, or even daisy-white and lily-white.

    1. Haha – that’s a good point! You can definitely take it to extremes. I am generally rather clueless when it comes to my character’s clothing (this probably comes from the fact that I, myself, am rather clueless when it comes to fashion) so for me it is good – used sparingly, of course.

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