I’m determined to get a book finished and self-published. I really need some form of income even if it’s $1.99 for a gay coming of age story that only sells two copies.
So I just uncovered the first “novel” I ever tried to write. I started it in about sixth or seventh grade and, dear god, it is horrible. My main character was named Puddinganna’latasha, but everyone called her Pudding. Her name was meant to be just Puddinganna, but her twin sister, Latasha, was a stillborn so she was named in remembrance to her. One day, she’s in the hospital for some reason I didn’t flesh out and she meets a man she later learns is her father and a girl who is really Latasha. And something about magic powers.
I wanna write a story where the HIV/AIDS epidemic was just evolution struggling to take hold. The human species was adapting to the times and trying to do what all living creatures have been doing since the beginning of time: growing and reproducing.
Basically what I’m trying to say is Mpreg. HIV/AIDS was evolution first trials at giving men the ability to conceive. Since evolution doesn’t happen overnight, it was a faulty start, but eventually no one caught HIV anymore and most men could carry children.
Writing with Color: Description Guide - Words for Skin Tone
We discussed the issue of describing People of Color by means of food in Part I of this guide, which brought rise to even more questions, mostly along the lines of “So, if food’s not an option, what can I use?” Well, I was just getting to that!
This final portion focuses on describing skin tone, with photo and passage examples provided throughout. I hope to cover everything from the use of straight-forward description to the more creatively-inclined, keeping in mind the questions we’ve received on this topic.
So let’s get to it.
S T A N D A R D D E S C R I P T I O N
B a s i c C o l o r s
Pictured above: Black, Brown, Beige, White, Pink.
"She had brown skin.”
- This is a perfectly fine description that, while not providing the most detail, works well and will never become cliché.
- Describing characters’ skin as simply brown or beige works on its own, though it’s not particularly telling just from the range in brown alone.
C o m p l e x C o l o r s
These are more rarely used words that actually “mean” their color. Some of these have multiple meanings, so you’ll want to look into those to determine what other associations a word might have.
If you don’t know what atmosphere is, you might have a hard time deciding how you want your own story to feel. Creating atmosphere is important and it can set the tone of your story. If you feel like your writing has been lacking something, you should begin to think about the feel of the WIP you’ve been working on. Your readers must feel something if you want them to become interested in your writing. They must connect with the atmosphere you’re trying to create.
But what is atmosphere?
Atmosphere and mood are closely related and they are achieved by using all five senses.
Your readers must feel like they’re right in the middle of your story. Before you even begin to write, you should decide what you want the mood or atmosphere of your story to be. Are you trying to create fear? Happiness? Confusion? Decide how you want you readers to feel when they’re reading your story, even if it feels like you might not have much control over that. You do.
The best way to create realistic atmosphere is to stay observant.
When you’re in a situation where you’re feeling scared or fearful, try to take note of why that is. Did you just watch something on TV that scared you? Is it dark out? Is it cold? Is it foggy outside? These things all add up to create atmosphere and you’ll give your readers a realistic experience.
Atmosphere is mostly about understanding your characters and being able to put yourself in their shoes.
You need to know how your characters feel and what emotions you’re going to evoke in them. The same feelings need to be pulled out of your readers, so that they understand as well. If you’re able to do this, your readers will be able to have a relationship with your characters.
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