Blog Chain : What color is my writing (AW)

On August 12, 2010 by Aimee

Welcome once again to the monthly Absolute Write Blog Chain! This month it’s all about color. Specifically, If you had to pick one color, and one color only, for an aspect of your writing, which one would it be and why?

The chain is at the bottom of the post including those before and after me.

Let me start by saying David Zahir (immediately before me in the chain) took my other favorite color, the other one I’d consider as one of my writing. But for this chain, I’d already decided on the appropriate one.

Now, I’m all about color. One of my writer-buddies noted in one of my latest manuscripts that I always describe the scene, right down to the colors on the walls.

For example:

Lexi leaned on the door frame between her bedroom and the adjoining room. Hers, a subtle lavender, and Emma’s, a bold raspberry, fed into a French-country yellow bath with dual sinks. Their beach house, one they’d lived in since childhood and bought when their parents chose to sell it, reflected each of their tastes.

That’s just part of my nature … to describe and look what colors I used! πŸ˜‰

Here is how I came up with my color…
raspberry Characters in my stories are both sweet and tart, sometimes at separate times and in others, at the same time. As I write and create them, their lives evolve, but sometimes, it goes overboard, they ripen too fast and instead of holding their form, they slither to a lump of wet goo and I’m stuck rewriting them into something tight.

When the writing works right though, they are perfectly shaped, well rounded with a few bumps and bruises, taste sweet, smell fresh and are not only able to be read as an individual, but in groups or in community with my other characters.

Raspberries are exactly like this. Not only are they my favorite fruit/berry, they are my favorite color and fit or suit the overall appeal of my writing. And I love that it’s also a color.

Once I figured out my color, this little chain was easy because every story I’ve finished followed this patter and in the end, I walked away happy … especially when my color became a topping on ice cream. πŸ˜‰

Now, read on to others and see what color means to them…
Blog Chain Participants
DavidZahir <-- Before me aimeelaine <-- Me! Alpha_Echo <-- After me FreshHell
M.R.J. Le Blanc

18 Responses to “Blog Chain : What color is my writing (AW)”

  • Talk about blowing a raspberry at all of us!

    Seriously, though, nice entry. I like that you took it in yet another unique direction, taking the taste of a raspberry as its essence. I think that, by the end of the chain, we will have had descriptions relating to all five senses plus ESP πŸ™‚

  • Thanks Orion. πŸ™‚ Gotta spur on all five senses in writing! πŸ™‚

  • By a curious coinkidink, I had strawberries for breakfast this morning!

  • Oh but raspberries are yummier than strawberries! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

  • Great post, Aimee! I love raspberries, too! We just found a bunch (maybe fifteen or twenty plants) growing on the back of my mother’s property. They’re still young, so we’ve only gotten a mouthful (if that) of fruit from them this year. But maybe next year I’ll have enough to make muffins or jam. πŸ™‚ Great description on the color and taste!

  • Thanks semmie! πŸ™‚ I used to eat raspberries straight from the vine when I was a kid. Loved doing that. Such fond memories. πŸ™‚

  • A-ha! I thought I detected a preference for raspberry wall colors. If I remember correctly, Morgan Prince had raspberry walls too…didn’t she???

    Nice take on the topic and awesome tie in to the character development.

  • Wow, what a great post! Such an interesting and original perspective on the color theme.

  • Did ya, Claire? Did ya? πŸ˜‰ You’ve now read 3 of my stories (well almost 3 total) and yes, in fact one wall/room in EVERY story is raspberry. LOL πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ My little quirk. πŸ™‚

    Thanks bettedra!

  • Love the way you describe your color and characters and how they relate. Great post!

  • Raspberry is one of my favorite colors, esp to wear (and extra esp to EAT). My youngest daughter calls it “pink” but I’ll buy any blouse that is called raspberry. Fortunately, it’s a good color on me. πŸ™‚

  • I love to wear raspberry too. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by FreshHell! πŸ™‚

  • I rarely think about the color raspberry. The word is one that brings to mind the fruit first. I love how the raspberry color is vibrant and bright. It’s bold and I get the feeling that it mirrors confidence and sass. Not really pink (because pink is for “girls”) it has an outgoing strength that comes from its red heart with the femininity of the paler blends that go into the color. What a great color to write from.

  • Thanks Rebecca! That’s exactly why I like it! πŸ™‚

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