CTS Entry: Silver


Real World Comparisons:

Nickels, dimes, quarters
Safety pins
Appliances: stainless steel blenders, toasters, microwaves, dishwashers, stoves, refrigerators, etc
Cheese grater
Cutlery
Knife blades
Mercury
Sterling silver jewelry
White gold
Paper clips
Fish scales
Tin foil
Clasps, buckles
Screws, nuts, nails
Dragonfly wings
Studs on a dog collar
Wheel rims
Bike spokes
Mirrors
Coach's whistle
Wet spider webs
Swords/daggers
CD's
Handcuffs
Suit of armor
Golf clubs
Tin
Robots
Platinum
Pyrite
Rings on a binder
Hamburger/hot dog foil wrapper
Solder
Silver metals/trophies
Ball bearings
Braces
Dryer duct hose
Stainless steel
Metal tooth fillings
Chrome detailing on cars, motorbikes, etc

Synonyms:

Argent, silvery, sterling, metal, metallic

Make every detail count

Colors are powerful descriptors, not fillers. Make sure that if you use a comparison or contrast to highlight a color, you choose the right one. Look at the setting and atmosphere you are working to create, then draw from the viewpoint character or narrator's history, education and past experiences to find the right fit.

A poor example:

Chuck pulled up in his silver ford, black smoke pouring from the sagging tailpipe and rust blooms decorating every panel.

What's wrong with this example?

Here the color descriptor is lost among the stronger images of the black smoke and cancerous rust. If the color doesn't need to stand out, this description is fine, but if you want to draw attention to the color, don't overwhelm it with other images.

A strong example:

After the lightning fled to the East and the rumbling thunder abated, the animals began to settle in their stalls. I left the barn in darkness, breathing in the metallic aftermath of ozone lingering in the air. Above, wisps of cloud screened the full moon, marring its brightness like tarnish on a silver plate.

Why is this example better?

This description not only highlights the color through a apt comparison, it adds to the atmosphere and richness of the setting.

5 comments:

Danyelle said...

*hugs colors*

Very nice. I also really like your explanations on how to make the most of the words. :D

Kelly said...

I loooooooooooooooove silver! :) I enjoyed this!

Bish Denham said...

Silver, my favorite metal. Shimmery as the moon.

Keri Mikulski said...

Thanks!!!

Keri Mikulski said...

Thanks!!!

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