Monday, July 4, 2011

Writing Exercise: Color List – Blue

Red, white and  ____. You guessed it: In honor of Independence Day, the color of this month’s color list is blue. For the uninitiated, the idea here is to come up with ways to capture shades of blue without saying blue because one of the challenges in writing effective descriptions is getting the color just right. Each month on this blog we work on one color, so far we’ve done green and pink. So help me here to come up with nouns and adjectives that bring blue to mind. Here’s my initial list, please contribute:
aquamarine
blueberry
cobalt
cornflower
denim
ink
navy
peacock
periwinkle
sapphire
skyblue
teal
turquoise

10 comments:

  1. Here's what I've come up with so far:
    slate
    robin's egg
    indigo
    aqua
    ocean
    steel
    cyan
    azure
    cerulean

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  2. This is a hard one that I came across yesterday because I was trying to describe something blue and of course I called it Mediterranean blue and Caribbean blue.
    I've always liked royal blue, cadet blue and marine blue too.

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  3. I just woke up thinking about Prussian blue.
    You're killing me Annette! LOL

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  4. I sit here thinking of the color blue and the only thing I can visualize is Bora Bora. I think I need a vacation!

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  5. Columbia blue (and scarlet= my HS colors)
    aquamarine

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  6. I may be way off the mark, but sadness comes to mind. People are "blue" when feeling sad.

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  7. Also Annette, I just visited your other blog on decluttering. I'm right there with you. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  8. I'm getting hungry for blueberries- today I keep coming across blogs talking about them :)...hee hee...hmmm...the color blue??

    sea blue
    Delhi blue (a type of pottery stain from India)
    Bruise (the blue part of the black and blue) :)

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  9. Thanks, everyone, for adding to the list. I kind of like that both Barb and Anjuli added some slightly negative associations with the color blue because after all, that's part of it, too.

    Barb - thanks for your feedback on my decluttering blog. It shall be resurrected in the fall once I have wrapped up my current big manuscript project.

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