Colors, Textures and Shape Entry: Smooth


Skin of an apple/eggplant/watermelon
River-tumbled pebbles
Rose petals
Shark fin…


Freshly shaved skin
Sterling silver
Gold wedding band…

Synonyms: polished, flowing, sleek, flat, flush, lustrous, refined

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

*snicker* “Unlce Cletis”…*SNORT*

11 years ago

Thanks Shannon! I just stopped by and you made my day!

Coel, you know, I didn’t think of a baby’s bottom. I think it might be overused tho–it makes me think of TV commercials for some reason.

Stephanie, thank you so much. And yes the apple looks so shiny and crunchy. I had to pick it for the picture!

PJ, looks like you and Coel are thinking on the same wavelength, lol!

PJ Hoover
11 years ago

What about a baby’s butt? Smooth as a baby’s butt, right?

Nice post!

Stephanie Thornton
11 years ago

Man, that apple looks tasty!

This is the best thesaurus site ever- I love it!

11 years ago

no baby’s bottom? or is that too overused already 🙂

Shannon O'Donnell
11 years ago

Good morning! I have an award waiting for you at my blog today – come and see! 🙂

11 years ago

Thanks Karen!

Bish, I was thinking more of the leaves tha are actually on the pineapple. Technically the ‘stem’ but thery look more like leaves? Maybe I’ll switch it to stem and it’ll be less comfusing. And yes, silk–that’s a good one. Thanks!

Bish Denham
11 years ago

Hummmmm. Pineapple leaves are serrated along the edges, not exactly smooth. But maybe I’m being picky. Most fabric might be considered smooth, like silk or velvet, the ultimate smooth.

Karen Lange
11 years ago

I like these posts! Thanks for sharing it and giving me something to think about:) Blessings!