Monday, January 9, 2012

Writing Exercise: Color List - White

Dusty Miller at the Lincoln Park Conservatory
Even though there still is no snow outside here in Chicago, the color for this month is going to be white, perhaps because at this point I am really craving white! Snow, snow, snow!

For the uninitiated, the idea is to come up with ways to evoke white without mentioning the color itself since one of the challenges of writing effective descriptions is getting the color just right. Each month on this blog we work on one color, so far we’ve done, graybrown, orange, red, green, pink, blue, and yellow.

Here's my little start for white, and I am curious to see what you will contribute:

baby's breath
bridal veil
cream
eggshell
milk
salt
snow
sugar

12 comments:

  1. too bright
    my eyes hurt
    a canvass waiting to for it's picture to be created
    blank paper
    potential

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  2. Edelweiss
    Albino
    Gardenia
    Magnolia
    Lily
    Pale
    Ivory
    Bleach
    Borax

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  3. The word grandma always made me think of white because I think back to the sweet granny who was the owner of Tweety bird. :D

    Others:

    Q-tips
    Crepe Myrtles
    Dogwood Trees
    Miracle Whip
    Sour Cream
    Icing

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  4. Hello.
    What a cool thought...
    Shaving cream
    Pebbles
    Flour
    Powder

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  5. lightning
    chalk
    dandruff
    marshmallows
    cottage cheese
    clean teeth

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  6. I always come late and their are very little options left- but I do think I have not seen-

    rice :)

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  7. Do we just write nouns here? I can never tell.

    dry-erase board
    iceberg
    the moon
    fingernail clippings

    also:

    http://www.afropoets.net/annespencer2.html

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  8. Thanks, everyone, for your contributions. Here are my favorites:

    Kelly - cotton balls

    Under Cover - blank paper

    The Desert Rocks - Edelweiss (having grown up by the Alps, I should have thought of that :-)

    Diane - Q-Tips (wow!)

    Michelle - flour (somehow foods are great for white!)

    Jennifer - chalk (Even though it comes in different colors, I think you're right in that you do think of white when you hear "chalk." And that's the idea.)

    Anjuli - rice (nice addition!)

    Rena - baking powder

    Emily M. - fingernail clippings (eew factor here but colors don't always have to be pleasant, right? Thanks also for the poem. These color lists don't necessarily have to be nouns but it often works out that way)

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  9. I loved the suggestions of dandruff, marshmallows, and cottage cheese from Jennifer. I can just image what different situations those descriptions would be perfect for :)

    I was thinking soap and Kleenex.

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  10. Marcy - Kleenex, that's great! Amazing how many of those daily things are white. Thanks for contributing!

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