By Janice McCaffrey
One of my first blogs back in February 2016, I shared a technique that helped me enhance first, second, third, and so on story drafts. Layering. I start with a very rough draft and then work on applying layers: dialogue, body language, physical descriptions of characters and settings, etc.
Currently I’m layering color.
In my July 2018 blog I listed online resources to help improve descriptions. I’m working with site kathysteineman.com to learn my colors. It lists adjectives that help describe a certain color.
Then there are words like hue, tone, tint, and shade to describe differences in colors. According to DifferenceBetween.net a hue is the brightest, purest form of a color…red, yellow, blue, etc. A general term that refers to a pure color that has been lightened or darkened is tone. A true color that has been lightened is a tint. A true color that’s been darkened is a shade.
Hair colors are fun to play with. There are many descriptions of blonde online. Here are two:
Reviewing the color wheel has helped me dress my characters and decorate their space
And check out dailywritingtips.com’s How to Punctuate Descriptions of Colors By Mark Nichol – It’s a short two minute read and very helpful. Easy to understand explanations for the correct use of hyphens and commas and how their misuse can change your intended meaning.
Metaphorically, I’m a three year old. No, not in dog years . . . in writers’ years.