Synesthesia is the subjective sensation of a sense other than the one being stimulated (double sense input) such as seeing the number four as dark purple. Gabrielle Loisel writes that to her, the letter N is brown and that for her, the alphabet is a wild array of hues “with the more vivid colors at the beginning and the deepest colors living in the middle.”
After I read the memoir, Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet who has synesthesia, it got me thinking, . . .
What if we all could see words as colors?
What if we feel words as colors?
1. COLORED WORDS BOOK – realistic
Start a color collection book with pages for each color. What words should go on the pages for each color? Should the word “leaf” go on the green page because it’s green? Only sometimes it’s orange so you decide!
Make a colored words book with things that are actually that color. Brown things could include: cinnamon, maple syurp, chocolate, soil, bunny poop, and wood and orange things: pumpkins, egg yolk, rust, traffic cones.
Use these books for ideas when you need a simile or a metaphor. What could you put for “silver as . . .” — How about a rain cloud, pebble, charcoal, or microphone?
2. COLORED WORDS BOOK – whimsical (pretend you have synesthesia!)
Now imagine that you have synesthesia. Try seeing words in colors, words that aren’t actually objects with a color. So something harder like the word “joy” – what color is that? See if you can find places for the following words: