Shape Thesaurus Entry: Tube

Natural:

Grass stems
Straw
Reeds
Burrows
Intestines
Valves (heart, etc.)…

Man-made:

Straw
Culverts
Pipes (copper, metal, PVC)
A pencil with no lead
A pen with no ink chamber
Flashlight…

Synonyms: cylinder, column, pipe, hollow, duct, pipeline

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

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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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Angela
11 years ago

Thanks everyone. LOL, all I could think of while writing this is the old saying, “Totally Tubular, dude!”

Great add, Jude! I can’t believe I forgot!

Bish Denham
11 years ago

Wow, great stuff. Love it!

heyjude
11 years ago

don’t leave out my snorkel!!!

Karen Lange
11 years ago

Love these posts! 🙂

anneskal
11 years ago

Interesting!

Shannon O'Donnell
11 years ago

That makes perfect sense, yet it would be so easy to do it the other way – like in your first example. Great tip and examples, Angela. 🙂