You'd need to know which 3 colors create the perfect skin tone, the best rock hue or even the prettiest sea green. You refer to the same combinations often. They are your secrets to the perfect painting--an artist's color wheel.
Like the artist, every writer has a chest full of favorite tools that makes their work sparkle, snap and shine!
The way a sentence is written makes all the difference in setting the mood:
urgency: He screamed and kicked and thrashed. (using a conjunction 3 times in a sentence)
Death was near. His heart plummeted. No where to hide! (short, choppy sentences)
despair: Anxiety, fear, panic. He lost all sense of self as they drew closer. (no conjunctions)
empower: The sun set. Set on all hope as the creatures slunk from deep shadow. (using the last word in the sentence as the first one in the next)
confusion: The motorcycle whirled to a stop as the high-pitched screech turned heads while the sirens screamed in search of the overturned van; the driver of the 18 wheeler saw this happen from a distance but couldn't engage his breaks on time when the row of cars in front of him hit theirs, so he skidded, jack-knifed and turned over--rolling and rolling, smashing, crashing, clearing everyone who'd pulled off to the shoulder to watch. (a series of sentences)
contentment: The sun rose, warming the trees and fields as they swayed their greeting with whispered cheer. (the beat of the sentence is lulling)
What's in your color wheel?
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