The Orange in My Favorite Writing Things

spainWith “orange” as a writing prompt this week, it leaves room for silliness and wayward discussions. Strangely, though, I found myself looking for some deep psychological meaning associated with the cheerful color–and that’s when it struck me. Orange evokes a few of my favorite writing things (cue Julie Andrews):

Sunrise and starting the day fresh, new beginnings. This is a recurring theme in BECOMING JOSEPHINE.

The fat highlighter marker I use for researching my books

My favorite tank top that I run in, which also happens to be my favorite time to work out a plot problem

Halloween and the first spooky short story I ever wrote as a kid

Spain? But yes, Spain. The sun in Sevilla is so hot in mid-afternoon the orange heat practically shimmers in the air. Then there’s all that burnt orange dirt of the bull fighting ring. It was in Spain that I first started thinking about writing a novel. It was only a thread of inspiration, a winged muse whispering in my ear, but that was where it all began…

So is a color really a great writing prompt? I’d say so. It may not make for long blog posts, but it certainly gets the creative brain whirring.


How about you? Is there a single word that evokes memories of your writing journeys? 


Author: Heather Webb

Heather Webb is the author of BECOMING JOSEPHINE, her debut historical (Plume/Penguin 2014). A freelance editor and blogger, she spends oodles of time helping writers hone their skills—something she adores. You may find her Twittering @msheatherwebb, hosting contests, or hanging around as a contributor to the Editor's Posts. She is also the Twitter mistress for the popular Writer Unboxed. She loves making new reader and writer friends. Stop on by her website, Between the Sheets!

6 Replies to “The Orange in My Favorite Writing Things”

    1. Oooo languid is a great word, Debi. I can definitely see myself lying languid in the sun right now (but it’s 15 degrees outside). It’s funny that languid was a word you loved when you were writing like crazy. 🙂

    1. I was a teacher and my administrators said to me, hey, you need to teach a section of Spanish next year (I taught all French at that point). Rather than FREAK OUT and take a class in the states, I enrolled myself for a summer program at a linguistic center in Sevilla and spent the entire summer there. 🙂 It was so utterly fabulous. So many memories were made there. I journaled every day there and started thinking about writing.

  1. What a wonderful story about Spain. I haven’t been, which is unbelievable, but I must! I admire that you can work out plot problems when you run — when I run (a slow crawl of a jog really), all I’m thinking about is how to get through it. 🙂 I don’t run much.

    1. Ok, between me and you and the blogosphere, I haven’t been running much lately. In fact, I could use a few thousand laps around the track to get my derriere back in shape….AND that will begin the minute the snow has melted and I can stand being outside again. 🙂

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