Y is for Yellow

Welcome to my 2020 Blogging A-Z April Challenge. Each day, I will post a brief Journal On! Daily Writers’ Workshops lesson and prompt. Teachers, parents, and students may use the material to encourage daily writing practice, spark insight, and embrace mindful reflection.   

Color words illustrate the images you are describing. Colors set a mood, spring objects and places into the forefront, and add to the word-painting on the page. Adding color descriptions explains the condition of an object, feelings, and scenes. There is so much variety in one color. The yellow I am thinking of is probably not the same shade of yellow as your yellow. Words like bright, pale, somber give color added depth. Yellow, a simple primary color, provides us a treasure trove of journaling practice.

  1. Primary Prompt: Draw a yellow thing you can see and hold. It could be a food, toy, or piece of clothing. Write about your yellow thing. My yellow ______is ….
  2. Intermediate Prompt: Find a yellow object. Write a simile about the yellowness of the subject. For example, The umbrella was as yellow as a school bus. Are there any other connections between the two objects.  The yellow umbrella demanded attention as I walked down the street. Expand on this yellow object scene. See where it takes you.
  3. Upper-Intermediate Prompt: Find a yellow object. Describe the shade of yellow. Is it dull or blindingly bright? Does this object have to be yellow, or can it come in a variety of colors? How does this yellow make the object stand out from the rest? Is yellow your first pick? Why/ why not? Would you have a better or friendlier attitude towards the object if it were a different color?

Until tomorrow, Everyone.



Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.

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