Dream in Color

November 3, 2017


Think about a memory from your childhood. What colors do you remember? What emotions are linked to those colors? What emotions are trapped in that memory? 


Colors are closely tied to emotion. Hundreds of theories exist about what each color means or says about you and your personality. Warm colors (oranges and yellows) supposedly represent vitality and life, while cooler colors (blues and greens) are more calming and peaceful. But each person is different. Every person interprets color in a variety of ways. 


Characters will interpret colors differently as well. For one character, red can symbolize love and romance. For another character, red represents hostility and anger. Color interpretation can open a window to a deeper section of your character's personality easily through choice of clothing, how your character admires a painting, or the color of your character's car. Does the dark shadows of a painting draw him in? Or does a brown jacket make her feel safe and hidden? Think about the symbolism behind these color choices before you write about them. 

WRITING PROMPT: Draw a picture of a special place from your childhood (grandma's house, a tree house, your favorite park, etc.). In the different rooms or sections, write down the color you remember most of that area. Then next to it, write the emotion that you felt while in that area. Now, step back. Look at the sketch as a whole. Is there a theme you see developing? How can you recreate that theme or emotion in a story? 


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CAROLYN BENNET FRAISER is a published writer and creative writing instructor in Brevard, North Carolina, where she enjoys helping youth find their passion for writing. 

Carolyn is available to speak to children and youth about creative writing at your school or special event. 

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