Monday, October 3, 2011

Writing Exercise: Color List - Orange

What would fall be without pumpkins? So October's color is orange.

For the uninitiated, the idea here is to come up with ways to evoke orange without mentioning the color itself 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 red, green, pink, blue, and yellow. So help me here to come up with nouns and adjectives that bring orange to mind. Here's my start:

basketball
butternut squash
carrot
coral
oranges
marigold
persimmon
pumpkin
tangerine
tiger lily
traffic cones

12 comments:

  1. dark citrus
    kumquat
    Halloween candy foil,
    sweet potato
    Yam

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  2. I love this idea - what a great project.
    Orange crayon? They are usually really bright
    :-)

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  3. How about sherbert and Kool-aid?

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  4. Kelly - sunsets are usually orange, right?
    The Desert Rocks - how could I have forgotten sweet potatoes? Thanks!
    Angela - crayons, well, the thing about them is that they come in all colors under the sun. They're perfect for describing anything colorful.
    Barb - Kool-aid, yes! Thanks!

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  5. Everything I came up with seemed to be listed here, but here's some more:

    pumpkins (can't be ignored)
    Brach's mallowcrem pumpkins
    sugar maple leaves in fall
    basketball
    tangerine
    apricot
    mecuricome
    cheddar
    fritos
    Cheetos
    daylily
    terra cotta

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  6. Julie - thanks for your great contributions! I love apricot and cheddar! And cheetos, yes, they always leave your fingers orange, don't they?

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  7. The Desert Rocks - yes, cantaloupe! Excellent choice, thank you for coming up with that!

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  8. seems I am late (as usual)- all the words mentioned above do make the color 'orange' come to mind- liked cantaloupe- good one!! How about Tigger without the stripes :)

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  9. Okay, had to try this color too:

    poppy
    monarch
    fire/flames
    peach
    cornbread
    goldfish
    pencil
    sun
    rust
    duck beak

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  10. You guys forgot these:

    Carnelian
    Topaz
    Adobe
    Mesa
    Ember
    India Rubber
    Laredo
    Mohave
    Ginger
    Koi
    Mango
    Pueblo
    Taos
    Phoenix
    Sedona
    Montezuma
    Maricopa
    Yuma
    Fanta
    Sunkist
    Tuscany
    etc...

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