RESOURCE A Guide to Black

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  1. BLACK
    of the very darkest color owing to the absence of or complete absorption of light; the opposite of white.

    Black is a widely used colour for any and all descriptive properties. Take a look at your nearest surroundings, I bet you $10 you can easily find something (no matter how minute or small) that is black. Look into a mirror and check out the center of your eyes, pupils; or the colour black. Now, check out the lines around your computer, perhaps the keyboard itself? Is there some black there? Most likely. Regardless, black is a constant in everyday life, as are all colours - however, we often overlook the fabulous 'shade' that is black. In roleplays, black is widely used to describe all manners of material and physical things, even some non-physical things. Things such as hair, eyes, makeup, nailpolish, elements, buildings, lights, and more.

    Often times, when the colour black is used within a roleplay, it lacks the verbal lustre that such a dynamic shade can offer. "Ebony" "Midnight Black", often times the descriptive qualities used when it comes to black. Right now, I'm going to blow your mind and share with you many more ways to describe this colour! And, how to make it flow smoothly in your roleplays, without sounding like a colour-nazi.

    If you want to know more ways to use this colour and it's never-ending descriptive possibilities better than you have been able to before, keep reading!




    Often times, the words displayed to the left are the vast majority of descriptive words used for the colour black, sometimes, even those basic ones are passed over for something simplistic. Now I know it's easier to say "But Ali, why do I need to describe black? WHY DOES IT MATTER?!" Well let me tell you random person, it ALWAYS matters, DESCRIPTION ALWAYS MATTERS! Especially if you want to make your way from "beginner" to "intermediate" and even "advanced"! Trust me, a well described paragraph far transcends a factual paragraph.

    A good way to describe different blacks is to think of real life examples of black; things such as black cats, black cars, a black dog. How would you normally describe these things if a friend asked you what they looked like? Sleek? Fuzzy? Smooth? All fantastic descriptive words!



    Below is a list of some words that can be used in replacement of the generalized term "black".
    BLACK DESCRIPTIVES

    • Carbon Black
    • Vanta Black
    •Super Black
    • Ebony
    • Taupe
    • Charcoal
    • Outer Space
    • Cafe Noir
    • Noir
    • Black Bean
    • Black Olive
    • Onyx
    • Phthalo Black
    • Jet Black
    • Black Leather Jacket
    • Eerie Black
    • Light Black


    These blacks listed above are official colours on the hex-colour chart. They are representative of different shades of black and are often overlooked.

    Here are some examples of words you can put before black descriptives in order to amplify their distinct appearance in a roleplay, and more specifically, in your post.

    Black Adjectives (open)

    ablaze
    ablazing
    accented
    achromatic
    ashen
    ashy
    atomic
    beaming
    bi-color
    blazing
    bleached
    bleak
    blended
    blotchy
    bold
    brash
    bright
    brilliant
    burnt
    checkered
    chromatic
    classic
    clean
    colored
    colorful
    colorless
    complementing
    contrasting
    cool
    coordinating
    crisp
    dappled
    dark
    dayglo
    deep
    delicate
    digital
    dim
    dirty
    discolored
    dotted
    drab
    dreary
    dull
    dusty
    earth
    electric
    eye-catching
    faded
    faint
    festive
    fiery
    flashy
    flattering
    flecked
    florescent
    frosty
    full-toned
    glistening
    glittering
    glowing
    harsh
    hazy
    hot
    hued
    icy
    illuminated
    incandescent
    intense
    interwoven
    iridescent
    kaleidoscopic
    lambent
    light
    loud
    luminous
    lusterless
    lustrous
    majestic
    marbled
    matte
    medium
    mellow
    milky
    mingled
    mixed
    monochromatic
    motley
    mottled
    muddy
    multicolored
    multihued
    murky
    natural
    neutral
    opalescent
    opaque
    pale
    pastel
    patchwork
    patchy
    patterned
    perfect
    picturesque
    plain
    primary
    prismatic
    psychedelic
    pure
    radiant
    reflective
    rich
    royal
    ruddy
    rustic
    satiny
    saturated
    secondary
    shaded
    sheer
    shining
    shiny
    shocking
    showy
    smoky
    soft
    solid
    somber
    soothing
    sooty
    sparkling
    speckled
    stained
    streaked
    streaky
    striking
    strong neutral
    subtle
    sunny
    swirling
    tinged
    tinted
    tonal
    toned
    traditional
    translucent
    transparent
    two-tone
    undiluted
    uneven
    uniform
    vibrant
    vivid
    wan
    warm
    washed-out
    waxen
    wild



    Another thing to keep in mind whilst writing with the intent to use the shade 'black', is similies. Often overlooked, just like the many different shades of black itself, similes play a fantastic part in aiding a writers descriptive style. Here are a few examples for you to use while writing with the word "black".
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    black as a burned stump
    black as a burnt wick
    black as a cast-iron skillet
    black as a chimney sweep
    black as a coal mine
    black as a crow's wing
    black as a dog's nose
    black as a funeral procession
    black as a Gothic teenager's wardrobe
    black as a graduation gown
    black as a mechanic's fingers
    black as a moonless night sky
    black as a piano key
    black as a politician's heart
    black as a pupil
    black as a rotton banana
    black as a skid mark
    black as a smoker's lung
    black as a tunnel
    black as a wet rock
    black as an 8-ball
    black as an abyss
    black as an angry thundercloud
    black as an Imperial stout
    black as an oil filter
    black as bottomless water
    black as caviar
    black as crude oil
    black as eggplant
    black as espresso
    black as eyeliner
    black as fresh asphalt
    black as gunpowder
    black as ink
    black as licorice
    black as peppercorns
    black as pitch
    black as soot
    black as the ace of spades
    black as the sea at night
    black as the smoke from a house fire
    black as the space between galaxies
    black as witchcraft
    black like an oven


    All in all, black (as well as all the colours of the rainbow) assist greatly with a stories descriptive properties, often times aiding the reader (and writer!) in conveying a more mentally vivid message. Use this guide as a handy tool for writing with black, and you'll be sure to lure readers in with your descriptive arsenal!

     
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