Papery or scaly skin
Dried mud puddles/riverbeds
Burnt timber (charcoal)
Old, peeling paint
Antiqued paint technique
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 says
Nice work! I like your thesaurus-ing!
Lisa and Laura says
Oh god, the dreaded wrinkle cliche. Crackled is the perfect way to kick it to the curb. Love it!
Crackled is such a neat word :o)
Bish Denham says
Karen Lange says
Love this one! Thanks for the examples too. They’re always helpful:)
Elana Johnson says
I like to use this word as a verb. It’s very “crackly.” 🙂