In doing the descriptive exercises on color from the wonderful Writer’s Portable Mentor by Priscilla Long. The word azure lapped around my head. Crimson is a favorite.

As I started to  reach for more, I realized it’d be useful to have a list of even more descriptive names. I started looking online for more suggestions.

Color Thesaurus

That’s when found this amazing web page from Ingrid Sundberg, The Color Thesaurus! She groups a diverse collection of related names together in tiles, with the example of the color as well as its name.

Here’s an example:



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the “Pinks” tile from The Color Thesaurus by Ingrid Sundberg

Wow! That’s so many different words.

I am showing the pink one here because these are my favorite tones, and even within this I thought I had a solid variety of vocabulary to choose from. 

Nope! This resource has led me to discover more words – and hues – than I ever thought possible. “Ballet slipper” is one example of a name I never would’ve thought of on my own.

The neutral tiles such as white, black, gray and brown I find to be especially practical for expanding my writing practice. It turns out that there is a lot of variety beyond simply “ivory,” “black,” and “white.” The blues took me way beyond “navy.” 

Now I have a kaleidoscope of various tones I can pepper throughout my writing. 

These tiles offer up myriad uses: I also can use these as thought starters, a way to flesh out different objects in the scene, make my writing overall more precise and descriptive, or set the tone of my scene.

This is the whole point of the exercises as suggested by Long. Voila! I love when my understanding clicks into place and then expands all at once like this.

And I am definitely grateful when I stumble across resources like Long and Sundberg’s.

Other Resources?

What are other inspiring writing resources you use? Leave me a comment and let me know – any little bit helps!