Colors, Textures and Shapes Entry: Foamy/Spongy


Wet (foamy)

Waves hitting the shore
Spittle bugs (foam on plants)
Fresh cows milk
White caps or breakers
Scum on ponds
Fish egg clusters…

Dry (spongy)

Sea sponge
Poodle fur
Seed pod fluff (trees, plants)


Wet (Foamy)

Root bear foam
Beer foam
Bubble bath
Hot tub bubbles
Shampoo lather
Spray cleaners…

Dry (spongy)

Fiberglass insulation
Cleaning sponges
Foam finger wavers at sporting events
Gym mats…

Synonyms for Foamy: frothy, sudsy, bubbly, lather, yeasty…

Synonyms for Spongy: springy, peaty, porous, airy, fluffy…

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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Christina Farley
11 years ago

How do you think of all these things? Really, it’s amazing. I’m addicted to your blog whenever I’m stuck. I’ve decided you have to keep this blog going for at least as long as i’m writing, which at this rate could be for a while! 🙂

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C.R. Evers
11 years ago

cool picture and another great list!