by Christie Kelley
So based on the title I assume you all know what that means. Yes? No? I'm typing this blog from my freshly painted office. Of course my desk is still in the middle of the room along with my file cabinets. My bookcase is still sitting in the hallway outside of the office. But I have paint...color.
It's a beautiful color called Cozy Melon by Glidden. I tried my best but I couldn't get the color to come up in a picture on the blog. And no, it's not green like this guy's melons. I would describe as a dark peach but not too in your face. With the creamy, off-white trim, it's gorgous.
I promise, next month I'll post a picture. It's been a busy month. But back to the topic (I really do have one), how does color impact your creativity? When we first moved into this house every wall was white. And it drove me crazy. I'm a color person and I need to have warm colors surrounding me. For years I had a nice dark red in my office but when I saw the guest room painted in this melon color I just felt something stir my inner muse.
Now that I'm in my office, I can honestly say that I can't wait to get my room in order and start writing. I have five wonderful windows so I can look out the front of my house and watch the birds. It's funny how important color and the outdoors is for me. When I get stuck I go for a walk by the river. Luckily for me that's a short walk. There I can look out at the tidal water and watch the geese, ducks, herons and occasionally a bald eagle.
So I'm curious for both the readers and writers how much sensory details you need when reading and writing? Is color important to you? Is nature? For me, there's nothing better than reading in the hamock out back (when the mosquitos aren't out).
And how important is it as a reader to get those details in a book?