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Writing with Color

I was inspired to write this particular post about the use of sensation and color after re-reading Janine K. Spendlove’s 2nd book in the War of the Seasons series.  The novels are about a human girl who falls into an alternate world full of fairies, elves, sprites, etc.  Each of the seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter are at war, and each of at the four books focuses on a particular one.  It’s like Alice in Wonderland meeting Harry Potter – a festival of creativity and a delight for the senses.

I absolutely love the way Janine uses color in her narration.  It causes the pages to seem alive, dripping with oranges, purples, pinks, and blues.  The elves’ eyes swirl with color to match their emotions.  The outfits and hair each character wears is described in neon brilliance.  It’s a delight for the imagination and makes each sentence yummy, like eating a decadent chocolate cake.

Another book that delights with its use of color in the narration is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.    There too, the author uses colors to vividly paint a picture in the readers’ minds.  It doesn’t take away from a reader’s own imagination, it just builds out the scene.

I was once given excellent advice about a short story I’d written.  My editors said that the action of the story was good, but that I’d effectively only described a blank box with blank people inside.  I needed to describe the scenery/make it vivid.  The advice was perfect, and I know as a reader I like it when an author paints me a stunning picture that I can then revolve and keep dreaming about in my own imagination.

In Janine’s WotS series the world is a dessert for the senses, almost like looking at a rainbow as I read.  It was quite entertaining to re-read book 2 of her series, The Half-blood.  Even look at the gorgeous covers filled with color!

The next book in Janine’s series is available now and is a prequel to the first three.  You can preorder it or any of the War of the Seasons books here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/103879051/ya-fiction-from-silence-in-the-library-four-sequel?ref=nav_search or wait for the fourth book to come out in stores.  (The preorder comes with freebies, though, so that’s the way I’d go.)  :)



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