For this week’s Thursday’s Children I thought I’d consider colour and how it affects and inspires my writing. Yes, I know the picture with this post is beautiful, but it’s not entirely what I meant. Or at least it’s how I’d like my writing to make you feel inside.
Because I’ve been gradually coming to the realisation that colour is very important in any book, whether it’s fiction or non fiction. We have to ensure that we bring colour into our writing, as a colourless story is not one that anyone’s going to want to read.
Sometimes injecting a little colour into your story can mean adding a beautiful description here or there. You may use some lovely adjectives. You may come up with an unusual and striking simile. Or perhaps a bold and brassy metaphor. I’ve been trying to think in this vein whilst working on my new WIP. I don’t find it easy, I have to say, trying to extend my descriptions, to make them come alive so that what I’m writing is vibrant and full of arresting images.
But it’s necessary and I feel I’m getting somewhere with it. I tend to find dialogue easier to write than description and of course, the flip side of the coin is that it is possible to overdo description. But there has to be a happy medium and I’m trying to find it. I’m keen to ensure that my writing is vividly colourful, that I draw the reader into the worlds I create, so that the reader is keen to read on and explore my fictional worlds more.
I’m sure for many of you, writing colourful and vivid passages in your stories comes naturally to you. Everyone’s different. And BTW if are one of those people who finds injecting colour into your writing easy and you have any tips, I’d love to hear from you!!! I have been inspired by other writers who have written colourful stories. I want to be more like them.
Well that’s it from me for this Thursday’s Children. I know it’s short but I hope it’s sweet. 🙂
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