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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T. Anne says
That pic made my day.
Awww. Sweet picture.
Adorable little kitten-creature!
Great list. 😀
*gazes at cute kitty*
Brown-Eyed Girl says
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.
Glad it helps, everyone! I LOVE Fuzzy new kittens!!
Bish Denham says
Warm fuzzies to you Angela!
Cynthia Chapman Willis says
Such a great post and explained so well. Thank you! And that kitten. . . Awww!!!
Keri Mikulski says
Always using this word.
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.
C.R. Evers says
awwww! cute picture!
PJ Hoover says
Oooh, fuzzy! It’s like the warm fuzies they give to Kindergartners!