Real World Comparisons:
Clean rivers, streams, lakes
Plastic slip covers…
Synonyms for Transparent: clear, unclouded, translucent, sheer, crystalline…
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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I would also point out to be sure and use the right word – often people say “transparent” when they mean “translucent,” which is frankly what I am more inclined to think of when I think “jellyfish.”
(That and “tasty” but that’s a long story…)
Mary Witzl says
I love this imagery. And I’m proud of myself: ‘dead man’s breath’ made my eyebrows go up right away.
Good examples! Thank you again. This blog is so helpful 🙂
Robyn Campbell says
I haven’t been using colors right. Thanks for showing me this Angela. I thought my way of using colors wasn’t as vivid as it could be.
I love the second example. It’s all in the detail. I really appreciate your schooling on this. 🙂
I hope nano is going great. I’m cheering you on. 🙂
Keri Mikulski says
Thanks!! A word I need to use more often. 🙂