Colors, Textures and Shape Entry: Powdery


Butterfly/moth wings


Cocoa powder
Baking soda/powder
Cement mix
Icing sugar…

Synonyms: chalky, dusty, filmy, pulverous, pulverulent

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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Mary Witzl
11 years ago

Yep: powdered sugar beats chalk dust any time for icky dryness. I tried to think of a negative dust reference that wasn’t soil related and failed entirely. And yet chalk dust has been so much a part of my life — I’ve probably blocked it out of my mind…

11 years ago

This is funny that you posted this. I just cleaned up a bunch of baby powder on the tile floor. (I put it along the base of the kitchen floor because it is supposed to be a nontoxic ant barrier.)

PJ Hoover
11 years ago

It’s like when I’m dusting cookies with powdered sugar. Yummy!