Tree line (pine/spruce)
Thorny canes (branches)
Humpback whale fin
Snapping turtle shell…
Synonyms: serrated, pleated
Describing a shape is best done in as few words as possible. Think of the shape as a camera snap shot–you want to capture the gist of what you mean as soon as possible so you can get on with other related (and more important) detail, and the action happening in the scene
Accurate shape comparisons will streamline your prose, allowing you to describe an object quickly so the reader’s focus stays on the action and events of each scene.
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Glad it helps, Sara!
Sara Jackson says
Thanks for the info. I often have a hard time describing the five senses through the characters. Sense, for me, are a hard thing to put across in fiction. There are just so many ways to describe the smell of a Thanksgiving dinner, or taste of something bad.
Thank you for the hints.
Nora MacFarlane says
Meatloaf and roadkill… ew.
Loved the post!
Not sure what’s up with the comments. I think I have a gremlin. But thanks everyone, no matter what post you’re commenting on!
Okay. This is odd. I clicked on Diner, but at at Saw-edged. >.< (Which was also lovely.) I love the way I can almost smell and hear the diner as I read your descriptions. They were fabulous as always! Thanks for the time you devote to helping so many out. 😀
I will never look at meatloaf the same way. Great post!
MG Higgins says
These are great. Thank you!
Mary Witzl says
I love the image of tents snapping and crackling in the wind. I like the way you show an effective image and a less than ideal one; it really helps me with my revisions.
Interesting. I like the example you use.
PJ Hoover says
this is a great one. Something I don’t normally think of but that can leave a lasting impression with the right choice of words!