Colors, Textures and Shapes Entry: Slimy

Rotting leaves
Snail slime


Dog chew toys
Congealed gravy
Rotten garbage
Paper mache…

Synonyms: Slippery, Slick, Oily, Viscous, Glutinous, Sludge, Gunk, Mucous…

Describing texture in a story creates intimacy between reader and character, and can even cause an emotional trigger for both. To anchor the reader in the scene, make sure comparisons and contrasts are clear and relatable, and within the scope of the narrator’s life knowledge and experience.

Textures are a powerful tool for pulling readers into the narrating character’s world, so don’t skimp.

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Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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Angela Ackerman
9 years ago

Hi John,

Yes please do link, as long as it’s for content that is fine for all users. (We’re a family-friendly site :))
If you have any questions, you can find our contact info right in our profiles at the top right. Happy writing!


9 years ago

Hi there,

This is a inquiry for the webmaster/admin here at

May I use part of the information from your blog post right above if I provide a link back to your website?


Roy Buchanan
11 years ago

Love Slimy. Your mischievous side is showing through. 🙂

PJ Hoover
11 years ago

Slimy is good. And what a cool picture for the post!

Mary Witzl
11 years ago

Ewww — you’ve done it again, covering all bases here. You won’t catch me going anywhere near my compost heap in the next few weeks…

Anne Spollen
11 years ago

Wow — these are great — I was actually so hooked on reading this that I went back and started over again.

Bish Denham
11 years ago

You ladies are good!