Colors, Textures and Shapes: Star


Star anise
Apple core cross section
Star fish
Balloon flower
Tomato stem…


Star of David
Sheriff’s badge
Christmas tree topper
Star of Fame
Gold star stickers
Wheel rims…

Synonyms: pentagram, hexagram, pentacle, starred

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.

Want access to a plethora of real-world comparisons for specific shapes so you can spend your description currency on what matters most? We have you covered. This thesaurus has been expanded by 50% and integrated into our online library at One Stop For Writers. There, you’ll find an intuitive list of ideas to choose from, cross-referenced for easy searchability. To view a free sample of this descriptive thesaurus and others, head on over and register at One Stop.

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

Bish has beat me to it: I was going to suggest star fruit too. (I’ve got typo gremlins on my blog. I spell words perfectly, then the minute my back is turned, they have their wicked way with them.)

11 years ago

Brevity is beautiful! Great post here, thanks for stopping by Whole Latte Life.

11 years ago

Thanks Roni! (Every time I see your avatar I want to hold up a zippo and sway to the music, lol)

Wordwrangler, gosh what high praise!! I’m so glad that you find this blog so helpful! 🙂

11 years ago

Again…great post. I listed this blog as one of my favorites today while posting to a yahoo group. The question was something like, “How do you tighten your writing skills?” I said I read blogs about writing…and THIS was one of my three favorites. 🙂

Fantastic job, y’all.

Roni @ FictionGroupie
11 years ago

These are great. Thanks. 🙂

11 years ago

Thanks PJ & Ann. 🙂

I had star fruit on there too…I wonder what happened to it? I have blogger gremlins, people–no matter, I’ve re-added it. Thanks for spotting that, Bish.

Bish Denham
11 years ago

I just HAVE to add the star fruit or carambola. Not only delicious, but when cut the slices look just like a 5 pointed star.

Ann Finkelstein
11 years ago

These are fun.

PJ Hoover
11 years ago

Great one! Star is such a wonderful thing to find in nature. I love the natural examples the best!