Texture Thesaurus Entry: Crackled

Natural:

Walnut shell
Papery or scaly skin
Dried mud puddles/riverbeds
Lightning
Disintegrating leaves
Marble…

Man-made:

Burnt timber (charcoal)
Manufactured electricity
Static electricity
Old, peeling paint
Antiqued paint technique
Mummified remains…

Synonyms: fissure, crackle, splintered, fracture

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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Daisy Whitney
11 years ago

Nice work! I like your thesaurus-ing!

Lisa and Laura
11 years ago

Oh god, the dreaded wrinkle cliche. Crackled is the perfect way to kick it to the curb. Love it!

Niki
11 years ago

Crackled is such a neat word :o)

Bish Denham
11 years ago

Fantastic!

Karen Lange
11 years ago

Love this one! Thanks for the examples too. They’re always helpful:)

Elana Johnson
11 years ago

I like to use this word as a verb. It’s very “crackly.” 🙂