Thursday, April 22, 2010

Writing Prompt: Paint Colors


How is National Poetry Month going? Have you been able to continue writing a poem a day?

To help you along, today’s prompt asks you to meditate on paint colors and their names. You can use a traditional color (red, blue, etc.) or use a paint store’s online palette to help you along.

Sherwin Williams allows you to choose from their seemingly endless collection of colors. By clicking on “explore colors” in the upper right hand corner, you can browse through their colors.

For today’s writing prompt, I recommend looking closely at one of the colors for at least a minute and considering the color’s name. The names that paint companies give their colors are great places to start your free-writing exercise. Here are just a few that caught my eye:

Carriage Door
Shamrock
Fame Orange
Truepenny
Caribbean Coral

Remember that your goal is to write non-stop for five or ten minutes. Don’t censor your ideas or grammar. Simply write, write, write and see what happens. Later, return to your work and underline or highlight the phrases, sentences, or even just words that seem as though they can be expanded upon for a more polished poem or prose piece.

I hope you will let us know how it goes in the comments section below.

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