Real World Comparisons:
Shades of white: Ivory, milky, snowy, alabaster, lily-white, frosty…
Make every detail count
Colors are powerful descriptors, not fillers. Make sure that if you use a comparison or contrast to highlight a color, you choose the right one. Look at the setting and atmosphere you are working to create, then draw from the viewpoint character or narrator’s history, education and past experiences to find the right fit.
Colors not only paint a picture for readers; when used well, they can also create emotional and symbolic harmonies.
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Mary Witzl says
Anita beat me to it. (She must be a teacher too…?)
Now, why am I craving marshmallows?
Haha, I knew someone would pick up on the maggots. Still, it’s all about the comparisons, right? If you’re describing a corpse, saying the skin was as white as a daisy just isn’t going to cut it. 🙂
Thanks for all the comments, everyone!
Tricia J. O'Brien says
This post made me think of the white out conditions that happen in Antarctica (not that I’ve been there!) where the ground, horizon and sky all become white, nothing else to oriente people.
Love these great words and examples you put here.
I like your strong example!
Your list is so yummy and fluffy til I got to maggots. 🙂
PJ Hoover says
Your color entries are by far my favorite ones. Love the shapes, too, but colors are such a great way to capture detail!