Colors, Textures and Shapes Entry: Crumbly


Dried poop
Rotten wood


Whole grain flour
Corn meal

Synonyms: brittle, deteriorated, friable, powdery, pilled…

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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Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, an online library packed with powerful tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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8 Responses to Colors, Textures and Shapes Entry: Crumbly

  1. Angela says:

    Thanks everyone! And PJ, I swear, we don’t have a fetish about poop.

  2. PJ Hoover says:

    Dried poop. LOL!
    Thanks as always!

  3. Beth Kephart says:

    My goodness. Thank you for bringing me (in your own sweet way) to your site. I know how much work this entails, and how helpful it is.

  4. Angela says:

    Thanks Spam, CR & Roy! You guys are awesome!

  5. Roy Buchanan says:

    I likey. Well done. 🙂

  6. C.R. Evers says:

    another excellent list!

    now I’m really hungry for a berry cobbler. mmmmmmm . . .

  7. spamwarrior says:

    yay! Another cool word with description!

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