Author Ingrid Sundberg loves collecting words. She collects them, writes them down, makes lists of them and uses them to improve her writing.
“One of my on-going word collections is of colors. I love to stop in the paint section of a hardware store and find new names for red or white or yellow. Having a variety of color names at my fingertips helps me to create specificity in my writing. I can paint a more evocative image in my reader’s mind if I describe a character’s hair as the color of rust or carrot-squash, rather than red.”
And one of the coolest things she has done is put together a color thesaurus that YOU can use to improve your writing. I’ve included a few examples below (only red, white, and blue) but you should take a look at her website to get the full effect: http://ingridsundberg.com/2014/02/04/the-color-thesaurus/.