Colors, Textures and Shapes: Crusty


Dried sea foam
Dried Tears
Tree bark
Water scale…


Over gelled hair

Synonyms: flaky, crispy, brittle, well baked, scabby…

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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11 years ago

I use the word crusty all the time in my WIPs. Nice to see some alternatives 🙂 Thanks again!

11 years ago

Scab right off the bat was not a nice visual. I’d add craddle cap.

Ray Veen
11 years ago

I haven’t told you in a while, but I think your thesaurus is awesome.

PJ Hoover
11 years ago

Crusty is good! I had the best crusty sushi roll at the grocery the other day. Yum.

11 years ago
Liana Brooks
11 years ago

Is it my imagination or wasn’t there ever an entry for Nervous in the emotion thesaurus?

11 years ago

Thanks Bish–those are great additions. 🙂

Bish Denham
11 years ago

Lichens are kind of crusty. And there’s that crusty stuff on the bottom of a pan. In Puerto Rico there’s an actual word for it, pegau. (I hope that’s how it’s spelled!) The pegau made from over-cooked, slightly burnt rice is considered by many to be a crunchy taste treat.