Friday, November 4, 2011

Writing Exercise: Color List - Brown

Another month has begun, so it's time for another color list. The color for November will be brown as it seems a month rich with so many earthly things.

For the uninitiated, the idea here is to come up with ways to evoke brown 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 orange, red, green, pink, blue, and yellow.

My own list for brown is rather long, so I thought it would be fun to first hand the baton over to you, my readers, to see what you can come up with. So I'll start with just a few words, and leave it to you to find nouns and adjectives that bring brown to mind. Here's my start:

amber
bark
chocolate
mocha

12 comments:

  1. Nutty
    Mud
    Earth
    Nutella
    Hazelnut
    Walnut
    Maple
    Excrement
    Teak
    Dark Beer
    Hershey
    Cocoa
    :)

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  2. Ooh, I love the color idea.

    Latte
    Acorn
    Mahogany
    Oak
    Chestnut
    Ash brown
    Deer
    Moose
    Sable
    Bay (horse color)
    Sorrel
    Camel
    Copper
    Sepia
    Tan
    Russet
    Caramel

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  3. coffee
    coffee grounds
    loam
    fudge
    leather

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  4. I seem to have a food bent today (been cooking this week):
    hot cocoa
    cinnamon
    portabello mushrooms
    almond
    pecan
    brick
    dead sweet gum leaves
    garden in winter
    amber
    sand
    terra cotta pot
    cider
    walnut
    mahogany
    locust leaves in fall
    latigo
    oak
    biscotti
    gingerbrea
    pine bark
    peanut butter
    roasted turkey
    caramel

    Looking forward to more of your list

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  5. Mocah
    Chestnut
    Butterscotch
    English Tea

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  6. Bears, eyes, sparrows, my garden, boots, meatloaf, and whiskey.

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  7. Wow! Thank you all for contributing! Esp. the good and the ugly (The Desert Rocks!)

    I don't have many to add now as you all thought of way more than I did, but I love how different perceptions come together here. My additions:

    bronze
    tiger eye
    Guinness

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  8. What a fantastic idea! Here are mine:

    suntan
    meatloaf
    firewood
    fencepost
    chocolate milkshake
    compost
    paper bag
    acorn
    otter
    owl
    toast
    driftwood
    cinnamon
    molasses
    honey
    vinegar
    brownies
    Kahlua
    root beer

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  9. Susanwriters - wow! You really went to town! Thanks for your contributions, I especially liked the paper bag!

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  10. wow- as always I am late and thus the words seem to have overflowed before me :)...great words...the truly evoked the color brown for me.

    on a p.s. Annette- you'll be happy to note I have finally updated my 'about me' and even made it into a tab at the top of my page for all to see- thank you again!!!

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  11. I love this type of educational blog very much.Nice effort. Keep it on with this type of post......


    Thesis Writing

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