Monday, December 5, 2011

Writing Exercise: Color List - Gray


Driving towards downtown Chicago recently

It seems like all the color is gone now outside, and days like the one in my photo here are more prevalent. Thus, the color for December's exercise is gray.

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

Since you all did such a great job in coming up with shades of brown, I shall just tip you off again with a few words for gray, and see what else you can contribute:

concrete
fog
pewter
silver
steel
smoke

13 comments:

  1. I'll add the following to your already great list;

    rain clouds
    gravel
    elephants
    dolphins
    ashes
    dust

    Thanks for getting the gears moving.

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  2. elephantine
    dusky
    silvery
    incandescent
    livery
    salt-and-pepper
    ashen
    drab
    pearl
    taupe
    heather
    hoary

    :)

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  3. Wow, I was almost stumped by my least favorite color. Pale mushroom,sweatshirt,shiitake,flint,granite,shadow,
    charcoal,off-black,stone, rocky shoal, sharkskin, and abalone.

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  4. Oh wow, you have a lot of good stuff already. I'll try, but I'm pretty braindead from reading blogs today. LOL!!!!

    Navel ship
    cold water
    sweat shirt
    rod iron
    pencil lead
    steel
    whales

    Uh, that's about all your going to get from me right now. Hope I came up with some new ones.

    Fun stuff Annette! See you soon! :)

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  5. Color of Eeyore, melancholy and apathy... faded black, leaden, washed out, slate, drab...

    Great idea, Annette! Can't believe I missed your blog until now. :) Looking forward to following your work!

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  6. A hard one, but fun! How about: smog, law firm walls, faded newsprint, old asphalt...

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  7. I would say, A hazy shade of winter blanketed the city leaving a film of melancholy on every car, window, and passerby.

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  8. Thank you all for your contributions! This is really a rather comprehensive list! Here are my favorites of your lists:

    Jennifer Rueff - gravel, that's great! Very gray indeed.

    Emily M. - elephantine, or maybe just elephant. Great idea to think of an animal!

    Kelly - chrome, yes! So shiny, and really a happy version of gray.

    The Desert Rocks - flint, I wouldn't have thought of that.

    Karen - pencil, yes, or just graphite. So gray, for sure!

    Pat - gunmetal, I like that!

    augustmclaughlin - Eeyore, great and inventive! Welcome to my blog!

    Debra - law firm walls, now that makes me suspect you've got some experience with those?

    Liz Schulte - you must have been looking at my photo?

    Two of you mentioned sweatshirts - that has me wondering whether sweatshirts are mainly supposed to be gray?

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  9. Awesome idea, Annette! I wish I read this post earlier because it looks like all my words for gray are already taken :-)
    I have a favorite long sleeve t-shirt that is a beautiful shade of gray. Would that qualify? Oh, and hematite, one of my favorite semiprecious gemstones.

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  10. I love your color posts, Annette.

    So many good gray things and shades have been mentioned already but I'll add mouse, wolf and grayscale.

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  11. Thank you. I was looking up the description of gray eyes and your list solved my problem.

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