Ta da! Here’s the first installment of Priming The Pump, a new feature on creative writing exercises:
This is all about using color to inspire you or enhance your current piece. I learned this technique from a very gifted teacher, Carol Engleman, in a graduate class on writer’s notebooks.
1) Go to your favorite home improvement store and grab some free paint chip cards.
3) Choose a paint chip and let it guide you. You can:
- Pick one of your “many colored days” and label the paint chip with that day (happy day, sad day, morning, afternoon, a holiday, etc.). Create a web around it with details and then get writing.
- Peruse the color names. What could you write inspired by Forward Fuschia or Blue Click?
- Name a character after a color name. What kind of character would be named Inkwell or Mauve Finery?
- What colors would match your characters? Why? For example, Marina would totally go between Feverish Pink and Daisy; Arman would always be a steady Samovar Silver.
Let us know what you did with your paint chips in the comments below. If you’d like, show us what you wrote. Write on!
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