WritePublishGrow colours were picked for me by a wonderful designer and friend, Visnja. She understands the language of colour and design so I trusted her when she told me green and purple were the colours to use to capture the spirit of WpG.
At the time, in 2015, WpG was a community writers’ group aiming to attract a younger group of people to tell their stories so that we’d have a mix of ages and genders around the table. The spirit of King of Arthur was speaking loud and clear to me. I always envisioned a round table of writers putting all differences and judgments aside to bond over their desire to constantly improve as writers and eventually find the holy grail, that is see their writing published.
The colours Visnja picked have more meaning to me now than ever.
I’m no longer involved in the community writers’ group as trying to develop my writing practice, my 22 month old Lucy and a new baby to arrive take up much of my time these days. Truth be told, I became disenchanted with the group when the focus swayed away from the craft to publishing and marketing. Writers stopped caring about writing, stopped bringing fresh new works to the table and instead focused on what’s easy, convenient and systematic.
The admin and marketing for a book and sourcing stories that tick the boxes for another anthology to come are all that appears to be on the agenda these days.
However, WpG vision is alive and well and this is where it lives.
So why were green and purple picked for WpG? I can’t be sure of what these colours mean to Visnja but here’s the meaning they’ve taken on in my life.
Mother Nature dons an emerald green kaftan for most of the year in many parts of the world. She does occasionally throw on a white cotton fleece when it snows, or prefers camel and deep reds in drier parts of the world. To me, green is the colour of nature and growth.
As a writer, my most important job is tending to the garden that is my mind. The colour green reminds me to water my garden. Watering the garden can be done several ways. Firstly, individual internal work must be done to deepen the well of inspiration. This is through meditation. I try to do it consistently.
Secondly, I must always find new seeds to plant in my garden for different seasons and sustainable growth. This comes to me through conversations with good friends that I’m fortunate to have around me.
This is how my garden grows. It’s a dance between finding the time to be alone to meditate (the well of inspiration must be reasonably full at all times) and write and going outside of myself, finding the people to read my work and have the conversations which serve as idea seeds to improve the quality and the appearance of my garden.
The gardening work also involves constant trimming, pruning and destruction of weeds which sap its nutrients. To me this means taking out limiting beliefs and planting healthier alternatives in their place.
Another thing meditation helps with is expanding the range of emotion I can feel. In our culture, a constant state of happiness is valued. However, that’s like seeing only one colour in the world. It’s like hearing only one note. Happiness is a great emotion but if that’s all you feel you can’t fully experience life. A writer’s job is to feel the full range of emotions herself and then convey them.
However, be cautious that your feelings aren’t leading you to judgment and isolation.
The minute you start judging the people you write about or collaborat with, that’s when you limit the quality of your own work.
The Trauma Cleaner is an example of the kind of work I’d like to produce and with telling the story of a person, there’s no room for judgment. You can feel anger, resentment, sadness, frustration on their behalf for what they endured and shut themselves off from remembering, but do not judge. No matter how well you think you understand them, you weren’t and aren’t in their shoes.
The colour of creativity and lavenders, purple is the colour that catches my eye in nature. I did a course on screenwriting at a place called Lavender Bay and live in a part of the world with lavenders galore. To me, lavenders are the ultimate in femininity with their delicate calming perfume and gentle dancing in the wind. This colour inspires me to keep being in touch with my feminine energy, keep connecting, keep collaborating, keep feeling, keep opening my heart chakra (which is represented by the colour green).
So there you have it.
This is the significance of these two colours to me and to WpG. Without all of the other colours of the world, there would be no green and purple. I appreciate all tones and shades of colour to the best of my ever-expanding perception of the world.
Over to you:
What are your favourite colours or the colours you’ve adopted for your brand? What do these colours mean to you and how are you living up to the meaning of these colours while also embracing other colours in your life?