Colors, Textures and Shapes Entry: Crumbly

Natural:

Sand
Sandstone
Dried poop
Rotten wood
Soil
Clay…

Man-made:

Whole grain flour
Corn meal
Cookies
Muffins
Biscuits
Cakes…

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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About ANGELA ACKERMAN

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, a portal to powerful, innovative tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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Angela
11 years ago

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

Deb Logan
11 years ago

Nice list!

PJ Hoover
11 years ago

Dried poop. LOL!
Thanks as always!

Beth Kephart
11 years ago

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.

Angela
11 years ago

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

Roy Buchanan
11 years ago

I likey. Well done. 🙂

C.R. Evers
11 years ago

another excellent list!

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

spamwarrior
11 years ago

yay! Another cool word with description!