My new favorite writing prompt is using paint color strips. You know – the ones you can still get at the paint store. (Though for how much longer, I wonder? Are paint sample strips destined to go the way of the card catalog or instruction manual?)

A simple visual cue – like a color – can evoke so many associations, memories and stories. You could write your way through a year’s worth of rainbow, choosing a different hue every morning for 365 days.

Why not begin with blue on this Memorial Day?

Rebecca Solnit writes, “For many years, I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen, that color of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away. The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude and of desire, the color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not. And the color of where you can never go. For the blue is not in the place those miles away at the horizon, but in the atmospheric distance between you and the mountains.”

Here’s a sampling of more “cerulean” writing, featured at last week.

Photo: Olivier Russo

I lead writing workshops in the Bay Area, and spend much of my so-called free time writing. To support my avocation (and my family) I sell residential real estate in San Francisco; for more about that visit or