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Erika Hayes, Author – Write like a reader, read like a writer and edit like a beast!


Today we have come to the fourth color in the rainbow.  Green.  What a fantastic color.  The most versatile color on the color wheel, as it holds true properties of both warm and cool colors.   Green wavelengths hit the eye in a manner that it requires little to no adjustment. This quality that makes it a very “restful” color.

Psychology says:

People that are drawn to the color green are loyal, frank, and aware of what others think of them.  They also take their reputations very seriously and it is usually important to them. Green takes up more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye and it is the dominant color in natural settings.  In large amounts, it can cause people to become lazy or passive because of its abundance.  Green can create a sense of security and stability.

Using Green as a Writer:

  • The color green can be used to create a sense of security as it implies a substantial amount of water and thus potential to meet the basic human need of food and water.
  • The negative associations with green can be used to manipulate a stories subplots.  This is especially true when dealing with money, business, and ambition.
  • Writers can use green in setting to create harmony or a sense of calm.
  • It is also a color that is used in the celebration (especially Christmas) and can bring a festive feeling to your writing
  • Green is a desirable eye color and can be used to create desirable characteristics in romance novels.
  • Green also helps to enhance vision.
  • Using green to create a sense of safety.  Marketing to safe drugs and medical products, a writer can create a place to hide murder weapons in plain sight.
  • using green as motives are also helpful (Green-Eyed monster.)

Dress your character in Green when:

  • They need to appear harmonious
  • To show compassion
  • To indicate a generous nature
  • To weave envy into a character

Other Names for Green:

jade, apple, moss, emerald, seafoam, mint, pear, lime, olive, fern, sage, pine, mint, basil, pistachio, pickle, shamrock, clover, juniper, chartreuse, parakeet, seaweed, hunter, avocado, bright, grass, lawn, spring, honeydew, myrtle, jungle

Emotions Associated with Green:

Positive emotions –  refreshment, growth, hope, balance, reassurance. balance, rest, peace, harmony, healing,  environmental health and awareness, reassurance,  financial stability

Negative – boredom, blandness, stagnate, complacency, laziness, slow, lethargy, fear of rejection, greed, envy


Green is very important in some cultures.  It is often associated with luck and leprechauns.  In Western culture it symbolism runs toward, luck, greed, and jealousy (think green-eyed monster)  In Mexico, it is a color of independence. Eastern cultures use green as a symbol of fertility, virility, and can mean infidelity.  In China, it is taboo for men to wear green hats as they signal that their wives are unfaithful.


Writers may use gems that are green in color to promote hopefulness, renewal of life,  to promote change or growth, they can bring a feeling of balance and create increased feelings of optimism.






One thought on “The Green Machine

  1. Golda says:

    I do like green!

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