Did you ever notice how color helps set the stage in a novel? It can be used not only to let readers “see” the picture an author creates with words, but can also convey a character’s emotions. Sharla Rae, a good friend of mine, posted an article about this topic on Writers in the Storm back in October 2013: http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/writing-in-living-color-and-two-new-lists/
Sharla used an example from my novella White Witch to illustrate one of her points. The Devlin family flees the Great Chicago Fire:
Bright sheets of fire flapped in the air, frighteningly beautiful in hues of orange, gold and angry red. Flung out by the murderous blaze, burning debris scattered hither and yon, a threat Jessie constantly fought, using a blanket to smother cinders that fell on the wagon.
Here are a few additional excerpts from my Texas Devlins series showing the use of color:
From Darlin’ Irish – Captain David Taylor's first sight of Jessie Devlin in the
train station: Omaha
Finding a gap in the crowd, David caught sight of a red-faced young corporal. The trooper bobbed and weaved, arms raised to fend off blows being rained upon him by a woman in a brown poke bonnet. Her weapon was a heavy looking black reticule.
From Dashing Irish – At a Saturday night social, Lil Crawford’s impression of the man her parents have forced her to accept as her escort:
He was big, with strong, even features and shoulder-length blond hair. In his dark blue shirt with its fancy yellow piping, he was easy on the eyes. He was also vainer than a turkey cock.
Also from Dashing Irish – Tye Devlin’s impression as the northbound cattle drive he's with approaches
: Fort Worth
From Dearest Irish – Rose Devlin finds Choctaw Jack working in the smithy:
. . . she recognized Choctaw Jack by his long, midnight black hair, tied back with a leather thong at his nape, and by the healed red scar across his left shoulder blade. . . .
Coated with sweat in the heat from the forge, his muscular arms and torso gleamed like molten copper.
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