Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Quick Writing Tip

Came across some wonderful writing advice from writer Alan Gurganus in the Iowa Writer's Workshop newsletter that I wanted to share.

"If a novelist mentions the name of a color in her first or second paragraph, the chance of a reader's staying put is instantly enlarged. Not just 'red' but 'wet-slate gray,' or 'pea-soup green.' Some trance occurs when your reader helps concoct a very specific color from the black-and-white page."

Every book I'm reading follows this advice so I'm off to check the opening pages of my novel in progress.


margaret blake said...

I am at this moment checking the openings of the two novels I am working on.

Paula Martin said...

An interesting piece of advice! I'm checking the openings of mine too! Plus thinking up some good descriptions of colours!