Colors, Textures and Shapes: Gold

Real World Comparisons:

Jewelry (wedding bands, earrings, bracelets, chain necklaces, watches, etc)
1st place medal or trophy
Bullion, gold coin, doubloon, sovereigns, etc
Nuggets, bars
Chocolate bar wrappers (Cara milk, etc)
Brass doorknobs, bells, handles
Champagne foil
Foil wrapped hearts/eggs (Easter/Valentine’s Day)
Buckles, buttons, zippers
Pirate treasure
King/queen’s crown
Christmas tree star
Gilded armor, clothing
Animal eyes (cats, eagles, etc)
Goldenrod flowers…

Shades of Gold:

Golden, gold hue, amber, gilt, gilded, hazel…

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.

Looking to add vivid imagery to your character’s world? This thesaurus has been expanded and integrated into our online library at One Stop For Writers. There, entries have been enhanced to include symbolism opportunities, a wealth of real-world comparisons that can be woven into your writing, and examples of how to describe colors and patterns in ways that engage the reader’s imagination. This collection is also cross-referenced for easy searchability so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Interested in seeing a sampling of the updated Color and Pattern Thesaurus and our other collections? Head on over and register for free at One Stop!

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Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, an online library packed with powerful tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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8 Responses to Colors, Textures and Shapes: Gold

  1. Wow, popped over from Susan’s blog. So glad I did. This is GREAT!

    Looking forward to reading more.

    Please stop by sometime…

  2. Angela says:

    Glad everyone likes the bling! *throws gold coins* Thanks everyone!

  3. Roy Buchanan says:

    Angela, the onfo you post here is pure gold. Thank you for all your hard work.

  4. PJ Hoover says:

    Gold! I need some! Another great color entry, Angela!

  5. Tara says:

    I love your inclusion of animal eyes. :]

  6. Kelly says:

    Stay gold, Ponyboy! 😉

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