Colors, Textures and Shapes Entry: Circular or Sphere

Animal eyes/fish eyes
Mushroom caps
Poplar leaves
The “eye” of a flower…


Polka dots
Basketball, baseballs, golf balls, tennis balls…

Synonyms: sphere, globe, circular, ring, round, loop, halo, band, loop…

Describing a shape is best done in as few words as possible. Think of the shape as a camera snap shot–you want to capture the gist of what you mean as soon as possible so you can get on with other related (and more important) detail, and the action happening in the scene

Accurate shape comparisons will streamline your prose, allowing you to describe an object quickly so the reader’s focus stays on the action and events of each scene.

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11 years ago

the greasy and round like a slice of salami kind of made me want to cry a little, lol

PJ Hoover
11 years ago

Spheres are perfect! Love this!

Bish Denham
11 years ago

Round. Who doesn’t love round? As in…love makes the world go round.

11 years ago

Thanks for not only giving the examples, but for also showing the reasoning behind what works and what doesn’t. 🙂