Any Color but Purple

2020-01-14T14:31:29-05:00

Any Color but Purple Colorless writing may have its place in certain contexts, but when we need to capture the attention of our readers; when we need to create word pictures that will, as William Shakespeare put it, on their "imaginary forces work," a splash of paint is very much in order. We can draw inspiration from Charles Dickens, who was blessed with extraordinary powers of description. Here, from the opening pages of Great Expectations, is his depiction of the escaped convict Abel Magwitch: "A fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg. A man with [...]