Colors, Textures and Shapes Entry: Sticky


Spider webs
Snail or slug goo…


Pull taffy
Paper mache
Bread dough
Biscuit dough
Cinnamon buns…

Synonyms: gummy, viscid, gluey, viscous, gooey, adhesive, tacky, viscid…

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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Roy Buchanan
11 years ago

Yah gotta like these entries. Great sticky and gooie suggestions. 🙂

PJ Hoover
11 years ago

Love the flypaper image! And sticky is so useful!

11 years ago

Thanks Bish and Spamwarrior!

Venus, good to see you here!
Thanks Keri!

Danyelle, I love pull taffy too. I should make it with my kids one of these days. Mmmm.

11 years ago

Some of those words brought some very nice thoughts to mind. I used to love freshly pulled taffy!

Keri Mikulski
11 years ago

Thanks for the words!

11 years ago

I love the example at the end. The second sentence is so much stronger and immediately conjures up an image of the scene.

11 years ago

Cool! I like the use of flypaper. =)

Bish Denham
11 years ago