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Coloring characters

picture of a yellow cap for Quiky grapefruit and lemon soda

Is your favorite color yellow?

Fiction and non-fiction writing always contains some sort of character. Pretend people have to seem as real people, and real people have to seem larger than life (or at least extraordinary in some way).

Writers have their own ways to dig in deep into characters. One thing I like to do is use color and the conventional, western cultural implications of those colors (yes, color meaning differs by culture. Red is passion or anger here. In China, it means luck and prosperity. Many examples of this abound. Another one: white wedding gowns are downright creepy to whole swaths of Asians).

I play with Web Fate to gather information on a character’s favorite color. The other day I was looking up words for “yellow,” after which I looked up meanings for yellow.

Here’s what a color psychology site I found said about yellow:

YellowThe text reads “Choosing yellow as your favorite means you have a deep need for logical order in your everyday life and to be able to express your individuality by using your logical mind to inspire and create new ideas.”

I’m not convinced anyone actually “chooses” a favorite color. Purple has always been my favorite. I was born that way.

OK, maybe I wasn’t but I surely don’t remember any other but purple being the key hue for me. Here’s what that site said about purple:





The text reads: “If purple or violet is your favorite color, you have a deep need for emotional security and to create order and perfection in all areas of your life, including your spiritual life. You also have a deep need to initiate and participate in humanitarian projects, helping others in need.”

I might have to change to YellowCar.



Color Psychology site, the source of this ridiculousness


Christine Cavalier (me). See it and others on Flickr.