Colors, Textures and Shapes Entry: Fuzzy



Stuffed animals

Synonyms: downy, frizzy, furry, hairy, pilate, wooly…

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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11 Responses to Colors, Textures and Shapes Entry: Fuzzy

  1. T. Anne says:

    That pic made my day.

  2. Vivian says:

    Awww. Sweet picture.

  3. Danyelle says:


    Adorable little kitten-creature!

    Great list. 😀

    *gazes at cute kitty*

  4. Like Sasha when she was a tiny baby.

    I wish I’d spent more time with her when she was such a wee little one.

  5. Angela says:

    Glad it helps, everyone! I LOVE Fuzzy new kittens!!

  6. Bish Denham says:

    Warm fuzzies to you Angela!

  7. Such a great post and explained so well. Thank you! And that kitten. . . Awww!!!

  8. Always using this word.

    Thanks! 🙂

  9. spamwarrior says:

    Good post. I do feel that the second example is stronger than the first, because you can actually imagine that you feel the fuzz, whereas in the first example you’re merely looking at it. Visual, not tactile.

  10. C.R. Evers says:

    awwww! cute picture!

  11. PJ Hoover says:

    Oooh, fuzzy! It’s like the warm fuzies they give to Kindergartners!

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